Published: January 11th, 2015
Maps with the locations of Jewish schools on them were found in his car.
On Thursday, Coulibaya shot and murdered a female police officer who was responding to a car accident. Investigators now suspect that he had been planning to attack a Jewish school located a short distance beyond the site of the crash.
The policewoman’s death had caused confusion, as it was not clear why Coulibaya would have traveled from his own neighborhood to the district of Mountrouge to shoot a random police officer.
“Everyone thinks he was on his way to the school,” an employee at a bakery near the site of the shooting told the British Guardian.
In 2012, a terrorist attacked a Jewish school in Toulouse, murdering four people. The victims were a father and his two young sons, and an 8-year-0ld girl.
In a video apparently recorded after the Thursday attack, Coulibaya states that he “went out a bit against the police so that it has more impact,” in order to synchronize his attack with the attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be in France on Sunday to attend a unity rally to protest terrorism. Many world leaders plan to attend the rally, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, King Abdullah II of Jordan and his Queen, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
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