Suspect in French killings slain after standoff
Avowed terrorist held out 30 hours; still firing pistol as he was shot
A 23-year-old Frenchman who claimed responsibility for killing four men and three children was shot dead Thursday after security forces stormed the apartment where he had been holed up for more than 30 hours, French officials said. Government officials said they had hoped he would be captured alive. His killing foiled hopes that he might answer crucial questions on the shadowy path of homegrown terrorists and what networks might aid them.