TOULOUSE, France (AP) -- A standoff in Toulouse has entered its second day, pitting a holed-up suspected gunman behind an al-Qaida-linked killing spree against hundreds of French police working to arrest him.
Police on Thursday are using used their advantages -- numbers, firepower and psychological pressure -- in hopes of wearing down 24-year-old suspect Mohamed Merah, who is in an apartment in the southwestern French city.
Authorities say Merah has boasted about carrying out the shootings of three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi, and three French paratroopers in three separate incidents over the last two weeks.
Elite police squads cut off electricity and natural gas into the building and set off sporadic blasts overnight -- some that blew off the apartment's shutters. Officials said it was a tactic aimed to pressure Merah to give up.