´Toulouse suspect planned another terror attack´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Menachem Gantz Latest Update: 03.21.12, 18:14)
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Dramatic police standoff vis-à-vis of Mohammed Merah, suspected
shooting on Jewish school in Toulouse, ongoing; French authorities
say he was planning another, imminent attack
TOULOUSE – The gunman suspected of killing of seven people in the
name of al-Qaeda has yet to be arrested, French authorities said
Conflicting media reports suggested that a long siege placed on
Mohammed Merah´s Toulouse home ended with his arrest, but French
Interior Minister Claude Gueant denied that Merah was in custody.
Speaking to reporters earlier, Gueant said that Merah, who is the
prime suspect in the shooting on Ozar Hatorah Jewish School in
Toulouse on Monday, "wanted revenge for the Palestinian children and
he also wanted to take revenge on the French army because of its
A police source said the raid began at 3 am local time (2 am GMT).
Judicial officials said three of his relatives have been arrested.
France 24 TV channel quoted Merah as saying, "I will go to prison
with my head held high or die with a smile. Nothing else." It is not
clear how the station obtained the quote.
As the standoff with Merah crossed the 12-hour mark, more detailed
began emerging as to his other nefarious plans. .
French Prosecutor Francois Molins said that the psychological
profiling of Merah, suggests he has a history of violence and that he
has been suffering from mental illness since his youth.
Molins added that authorities had intelligence suggesting that Merah
planned to kill another soldier imminently.
The French prosecutor added that Merah had been to Afghanistan twice,
where he had allegedly fought with insurgent groups in Kandahar’s
´Citing Israel as motive is sacrilege´
The attack claimed the lives Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 30, his 3-year-
old and 6-year-old sons Gabriel and Arieh and eight-year-old Miriam
Monsonego, daughter of school headmaster Rabbi Yaacov Monsonego.
The four´s bodies were flown to Israel overnight and laid to rest in
Jerusalem on Wednesday.
President Sarkozy met with various Jewish religious leaders in
Toulouse, not far from the scene of the standoff between the police
Speaking with Nicole Yardeni, the regional representative of the
Council of French Jewish Institutions, he said: "The mere fact that
this heinous killer mentioned Israel as the motive for his massacre
is a sacrilege."
The French president further said that authorities have intelligence
suggesting that Merah was planning to carry out another attack on
Security forces have so far refrained from storming his home because
they do not have accurate information as to the type and amount of
munitions he may have, he added.
Menachem Gantz is on special assignment for Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth
in Toulouse, France News agencies contributed to this report
(Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 03/21/12)
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