There has been a recent outbreak of killings in France involving gunmen on motorbikes or scooters. The previous targets were members of the military but this morning a gunman carried out an attack on a Jewish school.
Prosecutor Michel Valet said a 30-year-old man and his 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons were killed in the attack just before classes started at the Ozar Hatorah school. He said another child, between 8 and 10 years old, was also killed, and a 17-year-old seriously injured.
If only there were some sort of thread to tie these killings together to maybe lead investigators or allow them to narrow down the suspect list. The media at this point is doing their best to avoid even hinting at such a connection, instead treating these attacks as just some of random attacks maybe carried out by a disgruntled moped owner.
It was the latest in a week of motorcycle shooting attacks in France. A gunman on a motorbike opened fire on three uniformed paratroopers at a bank machine Thursday in Montauban in southern France, killing two and critically wounding the other. Four days earlier, a gunman on a motorbike shot and killed another paratrooper in Toulouse, about 30 miles away.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said Monday it will investigate eventual terrorist links to Monday’s killing and the two killings of paratroopers last week. The prosecutor’s office, in a statement, did not indicate any evidence so far of any form of terrorism.
Both the prosecutor and Brandet said there were similarities with the attack four days ago in Montauban. Brandet noted that in both cases scooters were used and both suspects were apparently very determined.
A week ago in Toulouse, there was a deadly attack on another paratrooper.