French Police Detain Toulouse Killer´s Family (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gavriel Queenann 03/23/12)
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French police on Friday extended the remand the mother and brother of
the self-proclaimed al-Qaeda terrorist who killed seven people in
France before being shot dead at the end of a 32-hour standoff with
According to officials the girlfriend of 24-year old Mohamed Merah´s
brother was also kept in detention. All three were detained on
Wednesday as police surrounded Merah in his apartment in the
southwestern city of Toulouse.
Police and prosecution officials say Merah´s brother, Abdelkader
Merah, is himself a radical Islamist, and that traces of what could
be an explosive material were found in his car.
Earlier in the week, prosecutors said the first murder in Merah´s
spree was committed after he contacted his victim, a 30-year-old non-
commissioned army officer, using his mother´s computer.
The detainees are subject to an inquiry on suspicion of terrorism
related offence and can thus be held for four days for questioning
without charge. Their detention will expire early Sunday.
Monday´s Otzar Hatorah shooting – the third deadly shooting carried
out by Merah since March 11 – resulted in the deaths of Rabbi
Jonathan Sandler, 30, his sons Arieh, 5, and Gabriel, 3, and 8-year-
old Myriam Monsenego, daughter of the school´s principal.
The two previous shootings resulted in the deaths of three French
paratroopers. French press reported the slain paratroopers were all –
like Merah – of Arab extraction.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Merah told police negotiators
during the siege he had “no regrets, except not having more time to
kill more people.”
Merah also told police he carried out the murders "to avenge the
deaths of Palestinian children" and because of "the French army´s
involvement in Afghanistan.”
Meanwhile, officials on Friday sought to defend France´s security
services as criticism mounts following revelations that Merah was on
both French and American terror watch lists. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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