March 20, 2012 / 5:33 PM / 8 years ago

TIMELINE-Attacks on Jews, Muslims in France since 1980

March 20 (Reuters) - French police were searching on Tuesday for a lone gunman who shot dead three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school on Monday in the southwestern city of Toulouse.

The attack followed the killing last week of three soldiers of North African origin in separate attacks in Toulouse and in the nearby town of Montauban.

Police have said the victims were shot using the same gun, and are looking into the possibility the crimes were racially motivated or carried out by an Islamic extremist.

Here is a look at some major attacks on Jews, Muslims and North African immigrants in France since 1980:

Oct. 3, 1980 - A bomb in a Paris synagogue kills four people and wounds 20. Hassan Diab, of Palestinian origin, is arrested in Canada 18 years later and a judge ruled last June he should be extradited to France.

Aug. 9, 1982 - Six people are killed in a combined grenade and gun attack at the Goldenberg restaurant in Paris’ Jewish Marais district.

Aug. 18, 1986 - Four militants from far-right group SOS France are killed in the southern port of Toulon when a bomb they meant to plant in an immigrant neighbourhood explodes prematurely in their car.

Dec. 19, 1988 - Romanian exile George Iordachescu is killed in a bomb attack on an immigrant hostel in Cagnes-sur-Mer. Police say it appears to be part of a growing anti-immigrant campaign on the Cote D’Azur, which has many immigrants from North Africa. Most of the hostel’s guests were Tunisians.

Feb. 21, 1995 - Ibrahim Ali, of Comorian origin, is shot and killed in Marseille by National Front militants during the campaign for local elections.

May 1, 1995 - Twenty-year-old Moroccan Brahim Bouarram drowns after being pushed into the River Seine by a group of skinheads on the fringes of the National Front’s traditional May 1 march.

March 30, 2002 - Masked ram-raiders smash stolen cars into a synagogue in Lyon and set it ablaze.

Oct. 4, 2002 - Mohammed Maghara is shot dead by a gunman who goes on the rampage in the northern town of Dunkirk. Truck driver Joel Damman opens fire on two separate groups of North African teenagers, killing Maghara and wounding three others. Dammam is later found guilty of murder and 16 counts of attempted murder.

May 29, 2005 - A man of North African origin is gunned down in Perpignan, a week after another North African man was battered to death in the same town by gypsies on May 22. The incident sparked clashes between gypsy and Muslim communities.

Feb. 2006 - Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Jewish man is abducted by the “gang of barbarians” and tortured for more than three weeks. He dies of his injuries shortly after being found.

Jan. 11, 2009 - Arsonists use fire bombs to attack a synagogue near Paris and a place of worship in Strasbourg.

March 11/15, 2012 - Three soldiers of North African origin are killed in two separate shootings in Toulouse and the nearby town of Montauban, to the north.

March 18, 2012 - A gunman on a scooter kills a rabbi, his two young children and one other child outside a Jewish school in the city of Toulouse. Six students are wounded. (Reporting by David Cutler and Vicky Buffery, London Editorial Reference Unit)

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