Police Renew Contact with Toulouse Terrorist (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 03/21/12)
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Police have managed to re-establish contact with a convicted
terrorist suspected of murdering three Jewish children and a rabbi on
Monday, and three French soldiers, all Muslims, last week.
Throughout the morning, the suspected terrorist, 23-year-old Mohammed
Merah, spoke with police surrounding his building. But Merah, who
lives just a short distance from the Otzar HaTorah day school he is
alleged to have attacked, cut off contact in the early afternoon.
The building in which Merah´s apartment is located has been
evacuated, as have all the surrounding buildings in the area.
When at first police attempted to arrest the suspect, he attacked and
wounded three of the officers. Merah, also a Muslim, is believed to
belong to the Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride) organization, a group
recently outlawed for its support of terrorism. The group, formed two
years ago, has participated in anti-Israel protests and
demonstrations against a French law banning Muslim women from wearing
the burka in public venues.
Merah has traveled to Afghanistan and is believed to have links to
the international Al Qaeda terrorist organization as well. He was
convicted in 2007 and sentenced to three years in prison in southern
Afghanistan for "planting bombs," the BBC reported. He escaped the
country in a mass breakout led by the Taliban in 2008, however,
according to the prison director in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan,
The suspect reportedly confessed to police that he carried out the
recent murders in response to French military actions, and as
retaliation for Israeli operations in Gaza.
Three of Merah´s relatives, including his brother, have also been
arrested in connection with the murders. French media outlets
reported Wednesday that police discovered dozens of grams of
explosives in Abed el-Khader Merah´s possession.
Although police first brought his mother, an Algerian to the scene in
an attempt to persuade Merah to surrender, she refused to cooperate,
insisting she "never had much influence" over him.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/21/12)
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