Mohammed Merah, the gunman who killed seven people, is dead after a 32-hour siege at a flat in Toulouse.

He was shot by a police sniper as he tried to jump out of a bathroom window after commandos had stormed his flat.

Merah had carried out three separate attacks, killing four people at a Jewish school and three soldiers.

He had said he was acting to “avenge Palestinian children” and protest against French military interventions overseas.

The 23-year-old who was reported to have received al-Qaeda training, opened fire on police commandos after they stormed into his flat at 9:30 this morning. (GMT)

Prosecutors said he was shot in the head as he tried to flee.

In a news conference, Prosecutor Francois Molins said a police marksman had killed Merah as he tried to jump out of the bathroom window.