Internet address key to finding French shooter: police

21st March 2012, Comments 0 comments

French police made a breakthrough in the hunt for a man suspected in a series of deadly shootings when they identified his brother's Internet address, police sources said Wednesday.

One line of the police inquiry was into an Internet ad to sell a motorbike placed by the scooter-riding killer's first victim, a 30-year-old soldier in the southwestern city of Toulouse.

A message sent from the suspect's brother's IP addess was used to set up an appointment to inspect the bike, an appointmnet at which the paratrooper was subsequently killed, the source said.

The suspect's brother has been detained as police in an ongoing operation surrounded a Toulouse house where the man believed to be behind the killing was holed up.

Police are hunting a gunman who carried out three shooting sprees. In each one he arrived and escaped on a scooter.

The police source also said officers visited motorbike sales outlets in the region and were told in one that a man had recently asked how to turn off the tracking device on scooters that enabled them to be located if stolen.

© 2012 AFP

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