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3 French soldiers shot dead on street

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PARIS (AP) -- France's defense minister says an unidentified attacker has fatally shot three soldiers on a street in southern France.

It was the second such incident over the past week in which French soldiers were shot in public places.

In Thursday's attack, a police official said the three uniformed soldiers had been standing at a bank machine in the southern town of Montauban when a helmeted attacker arrived on a motorbike and opened fire before fleeing.

Defense Minister Gerard Longuet expressed his condolences to the soldiers, their families and their regiment.

On Sunday, another soldier was shot and killed near a gymnasium in the southern city of Toulouse by an unidentified attacker.

The motives for the shootings are unclear.

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