France has been plunged into shock and grief after the murders of three children and an adult in a gun attack on a Jewish school, the latest in a spate of apparently linked killings.
It happened as students arrived for morning classes at the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse. The victims were a 30-year-old Hebrew teacher, his two children aged three and six, and another child.
A girl who witnessed the horrific events said: “This morning I arrived for morning prayers and suddenly we heard gunfire. We were all very scared. The deputy head and others, they called the police and paramedics. We’re re all shocked.”
The father of a child at the school struggled to express what he saw: “People dead, injured… it’s absolutely unbearable.”
A woman, also a parent of a student, said: “All the children here are like the children of the same family. We know each other, all of us. This is our child, well, it’s not our child who died, but this is OUR child, it’s like as if it was our child, our brother.
Security has been stepped up in Jewish schools around the country.