Lots of news reports out there; here’s the Daily Mail version, with photos, etc. Rather than recap, here’s some boxed information from that page:
Questions are now being asked as to why Toulouse terrorist Mohammad Merah was allowed to roam free for so long.
The French-Algerian had been on a French security service ‘watch list’ since 2008.
And, since the first in the series of attacks, he was placed on a list of possible suspects alongside his older brother Abdelkader.
But little was done to trace them until the Jewish school massacre.
Mohammad, a member of a small extremist Islamist group run by his brother that security services believed was ‘harmless’, was arrested by U.S. authorities in Afghanistan in 2008 and sent home to France.
But he travelled back to the Afghan-Pakistani border last year.
His brother is currently under arrest, suspected of helping, or even masterminding, the attacks.
There are pictures of the brother with a pink towel thrown over his head as his fine handcuffed self is led away. Now that’s a true jihad photo.
Suspected [sic] serial killer Mohammad Mera, who broke out of an Afghanistan jail in 2008 as part of a mass Taliban escape, once kidnapped another man, it has been reported.
A close family friend of the 24-year-old suspect told Le Parisien she knew him well while in the city’s Izards housing estate.
The woman, Laela, said: ‘He was well known to the police. Around two years ago he kidnapped a young person on the estate.
‘I remember that the mother of the boy in question was wandering around the estate trying to find him.
‘Finally, her son was freed. And I’m convinced then a complaint was lodged, and Mohammad was heard by investigating officers.’
Following the kidnapping, for which he was never charged, he is said to have ‘crossed the estate in combat gear, with a sword in his hand shouting ‘Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda!’.
Describing his family as ‘charming people’, Laela said: ‘His mother finally left after divorcing her husband.’
This family split, she said, may have contributed to his slip into anti-social behaviour.But the main reason was Islamic fundamentalism.
She said: ‘He was a normal kid who was radicalised. He had exchanges with people on the internet, but also frequently met other Islamists in the region.
‘On the estate, he wanted to indoctrinate younger children. One day, for example, he grabbed my little nephew, and took him to a car where he showed him some horrible videos.
‘There were scenes of decapitation, things going on in Afghanistan, or images showing the horror of the war.’
This one is a video report from Fox News.
Meanwhile in Jerusalem, the Jewish victims were buried.
Well, he got the drama he wanted, at the expense of some more damage to the Evil Satan as they took him down. Now the chattering class will dither/decide whether this fellow’s brutal murders helped/hurt Sarkozy and LePen vis-à-vis the coming elections. Your guess or mine is every bit as good as theirs; the only difference being they are paid to extrude banalities while we expect truth from y’all – courteous truth, mind you.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this MSNBC report about the ongoing standoff in Toulouse: