French Terror Suspect Shot In Head By Police

A French prosecutor says that a gunman who claimed responsibility for a radical Islam-inspired killing spree was shot in the head by police.

Francois Molins says Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian origin, filmed all three of his attacks in recent days that killed three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers.

Molins said Thursday that "everything was done to try to arrest him alive."

Police entered his apartment following a 32-hour standoff. Molins says the gunman came out of the bathroom shooting wildly and aggressively and was shot in the head as he jumped out of the window.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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French President Nicolas Sarkozy says an investigation is under way to see if the suspect in a series of radical Islam-inspired killings had any accomplices.

Sarkozy also said that anyone who regularly visits "websites which support terrorism or call for hate or violence will be punished by the law." He promised a crackdown on anyone who goes abroad "for the purposes of indoctrination in terrorist ideology."

He spoke soon after Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman, died after a 32-hour standoff with police in the southern city of Toulouse.

Merah was suspected of killing three schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers. He had traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan for training.



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The French interior minister says the suspect a killing spree has died after jumping from his apartment window after police stormed his apartment following a 32 hour standoff.

Claude Gueant says the suspect, who claims links to al-Qaida, jumped after police entered the apartment and found him holed up in the bathroom. Police and the suspect exchanged fire before Mohamed Merah died.

Gueant says two policemen were injured.


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  • by Luke Location: NC on Mar 22, 2012 at 09:03 PM
    I believe most Americans have had a gut full of Muslims and their Koran. Those people are just wound too tight for our liking. No sense of humor at all. And always wanting to kill or annihilate somebody or something! And then rioting every time somebody slights them or their goofy religion….which is always. My condolences to those murdered and their grief stricken famillies in France. 88% of France's population is Catholic. Looks like the Muslim killed a lot of Jesus believers , Why?
  • by Mark on Mar 22, 2012 at 05:07 PM
    Good...no investigation...just slap your hands together and call it a day. Lets see how many more islamic idiots will step up and try to mess with France. I Love it!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2012 at 01:21 AM in reply to Mark
      A few years ago Germany closed down a too radical mosque in Hamburg. If the U.S. closed down one single radical mosque, the ACLU and other politically correct groups would complain. A closed down radical mosque would take the U.S to court and win because of a twisted interpetation of the Constitution.
  • by P on Mar 22, 2012 at 01:57 PM
    Now who wants an apology for this and an investigation!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 01:09 PM
    and allah had run out of virgins years ago.
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Mar 22, 2012 at 08:26 AM
    Good shot !
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Mar 22, 2012 at 08:05 AM
    well, they should have known that they had a crazy muzzy, and storm him and take him out and not miss lunch.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 05:08 AM
    Figures the gendarmes didn't kill him. France usually only knows how to either negotiate or surrender, not kill. I also heard that there was a big fire at France's white flag factory; thereby destroying their military capabilities.
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      by porkchop on Mar 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM in reply to
      And if Hans comes knocking again, don't call us.
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      by White Flagger on Mar 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM in reply to
      THAT was funny.
  • by LSD Location: Henrico on Mar 22, 2012 at 03:46 AM
    I hope the local gendarmerie helps him get his wish.
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