French soldiers shot dead by mystery gunman

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Two French soldiers have been shot dead and a third seriously injured by a gunman on a scooter in broad daylight in southwestern France.

The men, who were in uniform, were in the process of withdrawing money from a cash machine in the town of Montauban. Police say the gunman wore a helmet with the visor pulled down.

The third soldier was said to be in a critical condition in hospital.

“We heard gunfire, you now, like from an automatic weapon. Three small bursts,” said one witness.

“I saw two men on the ground, with someone giving some forceful heart massage using their fists,” said another man.

The attack came days after a 30-year-old soldier in civilian clothes was shot dead in the nearby city of Toulouse.

The motive for the shootings is unclear. Police said they believed the gunman in Thursday’s attack had been waiting for his victims.

The French Defence Minister Gérard Longuet said, from the scene in Montauban, that he did not think the French army was being specifically targeted.