3 detainees freed in French terror probe

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Associated Press

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 4:04 PM

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors have announced the release of three people detained earlier this week as part of an investigation into the deadly terror attacks in Toulouse that targeted Jews and paratroopers.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutors, Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, says the three, including a soldier, were freed Friday. None was charged in the case.

Investigators in the terror case are trying to understand whether Mohamed Merah — the man police say killed three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers last March —had any help.

Merah was killed in a shootout with police after his deadly spree.

Five people had been detained earlier, but all were freed after questioning. Only Merah's brother, Abdelkader, has been charged with complicity in the case and is being held.

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