(MSNBC) TOULOUSE, France — A suspect wanted in connection with the killing three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school wounded three police officers in a shootout at a house in Toulouse, France, early Wednesday. He was identified as 24-year-old Mohammed Merah.

Interior Minister Claude Gueant said the man, who was under siege by hundreds of police officers in an ongoing standoff, claimed to be a member of al-Qaida and that he had shot dead the four out of “revenge for Palestinian children.” He is also suspected by authorities of having killed three French soldiers of North African origin last week.

Police sources told Reuters that another man had been arrested earlier Wednesday at a separate location in connection with the case.

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