A police siege in the French city of Toulouse ended shortly after 09:30 GMT, with the main subject of their search, 23-year-old Mohammed Merah, a French citizen of Algerian extraction who described himself as an al-Qaeda member, was found dead after jumping from window while firing at officers who entered his flat, BBC said.
The suspect , armed with a Kalashnikov high-velocity rifle, a mini-Uzi 9mm machine pistol, several handguns and possibly grenades, came out a bathroom firing several weapons and then jumped from a window, continuing to fire as he fell dead on the ground.
Before police decided to raid his hideout, a number of explosions was set off to intimidate him, after he fell silent overnight, cutting off communications with negotiators, who had been talking with him over the phone.
Interior Minister Claude Gueant said police had thrown grenades and entered the door and windows of the flat but two officers were wounded in the final assault.
Merah had killed seven people that included children and three soldiers in three separate attacks in the south-west of the country.
The killings have put the French city of Toulouse into the limelight and the whole country in tight security.
President Nicolas Sarkozy said France must be "implacable in defending its values" but added that all those who visit websites that glorify extremism and acts of terrorism will be punished with the full force of the law.