France shootings suspect resumes talks with police

JOHANNA DECORSE Associated Press Published:

TOULOUSE, France (AP) -- French police say a gunman suspected in seven killings and claiming al-Qaida links has resumed talking to negotiators.

The suspect is barricaded in an apartment building in the city of Toulouse in southern France.

Police raided the building before dawn Wednesday and are trying to capture the man alive. At one point the interior minister said he had stopped talking to negotiators.

A police official at the scene says he resumed contact in the early afternoon. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the sensitive operation is still under way.