Incident Summary:

03/19/2012: Four people, including children, were shot and killed outside a Jewish school in Toulouse city, Midi-Pyrenees region, France. Mohammed Merah, a French citizen of Algerian descent, claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that it was carried out in order to avenge Palestinian children.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The incident occurred at Ozar Hatorah school.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Ozar Hatorah Jewish School
Specific Description Rabbi
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A .45 caliber pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of three attacks claimed by Mohammed Merah, which took place over the course of nine days. The related attacks are 201203150003 and 201203110021. Merah was a self-proclaimed Al-Qaida militant, however Jund al-Khilafa, a group originating in Kazakhstan, claimed that Merah was one of their agents.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"French investigators launch probe over leaked gunman tapes," Agence France Presse, July 11, 2012.
"Leaked recordings of suspected Toulouse terrorist prompt uproar, investigation," Associated Press Newswires, July 9, 2012.
"French gunmen dead as Toulouse siege ends -media," Reuters News, March 22, 2012.