As this article goes to great pains to avoid describing the murderer in any way whatsoever other than that he was on a motorcycle, one must assume that we know who did this killing and why.
Two uniformed French soldiers were killed and another was wounded after someone riding a scooter opened fire at them on a busy street before driving off in the southwestern city of Montauban Thursday.
REUTERS – Two uniformed French soldiers were shot dead and a third seriously injured by a gunman on Thursday as they tried to withdraw money from a cash machine in the town of Montauban in southwest France, the defence ministry said.
Two paratroopers died on the spot after being shot in the head by the unidentified gunman on a scooter, who wore a helmet with the visor pulled down, police sources said.
The third soldier was rushed to hospital in Montauban where he was in a critical condition, a ministry spokesman said. The ministry had said earlier in a statement that the third paratrooper had died, but it later retracted this.
The shooter did not take any money and there was no immediate indication of the motive for the rare attack. The shooting took place at 2 p.m. (1300 GMT) near the barracks of the 17th parachute regiment, to which the victims — aged between 24 and 28 — belonged.