‘The Toulouse terrorist slipped through French siege’ (JERUSALEM POST) By JOSEPH STRICH JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT 05/28/12)
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LYON – Mohamed Merah, the 23-year-old French terrorist who killed
seven people in March, could have been captured alive if the
commandos outside the apartment house where he holed-up had been more
alert, according to new information released now.
After he killed three soldiers in mid-March, one in Toulouse and two
in nearby Montauban, Merah, arrived on March 19 at the entrance to
Toulouse’s Ozar Hatorah day school where he shot dead two boys,
Aryeh, six, and Gabriel, three, their father, Rabbi Jonathan Sandler,
30, and then eight-yearold Miriam Monsonego.
On March 21, police surrounded Merah’s apartment house on Sergent
Vigné Street in a Toulouse suburb.
It is now known that the killer left the apartment at 1 a.m., two
hours before the final assault, and walked 1 kilometer along the
Avenue de la Gloire to a telephone booth where he called a journalist
from the French/English/ Arabic TV channel, France 24.
The surveillance system put in place to cover Merah’s movements by
the DCRI security agency (the Central Directorate of Interior
Intelligence) totally failed, Le Parisien newspaper has now
concluded, quoting an important agent from the agency: “The men in
the surveillance position had fallen asleep, and because of that did
not see Merah passing in front of them.” (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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