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Suspected French gunman dead

2012-03-22 13:07

Toulouse - The alleged al-Qaeda militant believed responsible for a killing spree is dead, a police source said on Thursday, after he resisted a raid on his besieged home in southern France.

Three police were wounded in the assault, one "fairly seriously", with journalists able to hear sustained gunfire from at least two weapons as police entered the flat in Toulouse where Mohamed Merah was holed up.

Around 300 shots were fired in all during the assault and Merah was wearing a backpack with unknown contents when they found him, police sources said, after a siege of over 30 hours.

Interior Minister Claude Gueant had earlier said police police had lost contact with Merah but that he had told authorities he wanted "to die weapons in hand".

Meanwhile, a video showing Merah driving around a parking lot in a BMW, shouting and making gun gestures at the camera has surfaced.


Comments
  • Mattewis - 2012-03-22 13:15

    It will save a lot of tax money. Good riddance!

      Janice - 2012-03-22 13:22

      Bloody NUTCASE!!!

      Janice - 2012-03-22 13:22

      Bloody NUTCASE!!!

      Mohsin - 2012-03-22 13:53

      Strange that this whole incident took place before the french elections Im sure President Sarkozy's approval ratings must have really climbed, look @ the bigger picture the media make u believe what they want us to believe. "New World Order" wake up ppl!

      Mohsin - 2012-03-22 13:53

      Strange that this whole incident took place before the french elections Im sure President Sarkozy's approval ratings must have really climbed, look @ the bigger picture the media make u believe what they want us to believe. "New World Order" wake up ppl!

      fishycraig - 2012-03-22 14:00

      Yes Molones, this guy was obviously a Sarkozy supporter. You conspiracy theorists always have some alternative to what happened. This guy was a nutjob, expressively detailed what he did and confessed to all. He hurt "his" side by doing this atrocious deed.

      fishycraig - 2012-03-22 14:00

      Yes Molones, this guy was obviously a Sarkozy supporter. You conspiracy theorists always have some alternative to what happened. This guy was a nutjob, expressively detailed what he did and confessed to all. He hurt "his" side by doing this atrocious deed.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-22 13:18

    CECELEBRATE UNDERNEATH HERE!

      Jaba - 2012-03-22 19:53

      :) party time :) : ) : -) *** :- ) : ) ***###***~~~***###

  • Christopher - 2012-03-22 13:18

    I love it when a plan comes together:) How about teaching our "police" a thing or twenty.

      fishycraig - 2012-03-22 14:02

      More like the French having learned a thing or two from South Africa about suspects, windows and throwing them out. No, seriously I am sure the Islamists will spin that as a story.

  • Penny - 2012-03-22 13:19

    "after he resisted a raid" Ja right, what else were there going to say for executing him? Let's recall the scene: "Chief, looks like he is surrendering" "Okay everyone, approach with caution" "Yes Chief, he's definately surrendering" "Hey, is that a gun in his hand?" "No Chief, it's a banana, I think he's having lunch" "I know a gun when I see one damn it, shoot him in the head, he's resisting arrest"

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-03-22 13:30

      Why would they be speaking English? :-)

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-03-22 13:30

      Why would they be speaking English? :-)

      Heiku - 2012-03-22 13:31

      Uhm dude they we're there all night trying to negotiate with him

      Heiku - 2012-03-22 13:31

      Uhm dude they we're there all night trying to negotiate with him

      eugenewilli - 2012-03-22 13:41

      you idiot.

      eugenewilli - 2012-03-22 13:41

      you idiot.

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-03-22 13:56

      Have you read this twats "about me", vokkit what a prat, your pen is pathetic at best chop!

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-03-22 13:56

      Have you read this twats "about me", vokkit what a prat, your pen is pathetic at best chop!

      Brenda - 2012-03-22 14:04

      What exactly is your point????? IF they did 'execute' him, WELL DONE to them.

      Brenda - 2012-03-22 14:04

      What exactly is your point????? IF they did 'execute' him, WELL DONE to them.

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-03-22 13:20

    Ba-bye! save on the taxes. Good riddance to bad rubbish !!!!

  • Sika - 2012-03-22 13:32

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/french-police-raid-house-in-toulouse-for-school-shooting-suspect/2012/03/21/gIQAbip4QS_story.html

  • Ernest - 2012-03-22 13:36

    Pity he had to die so quick! These jerks need to suffer as much as their victims.

  • Carol - 2012-03-22 13:44

    good riddance to another radical!

  • margaret.mead1 - 2012-03-22 13:48

    What a relief!. It's hard to fathom why he should have acted in this way. Brain-washing? But of course, this is something that the world has to contend with so much these days. I wonder about this man's future? Does he think this will have pleased God? How wrong he is.

      Heiku - 2012-03-22 13:58

      You don't have to wonder about his future because he is dead. LOL

      Heiku - 2012-03-22 13:58

      You don't have to wonder about his future because he is dead. LOL

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-03-22 13:56

    Another 1 bites the dust, woohoo, bloody terrorist piece of shyte!

  • Nadia - 2012-03-22 14:01

    Gun gestures at the cam? I must be blind then coz all i saw was a normal +20 year old showing off in a bmw laughing at a cam? The finger gestures u see are just an expression youngsters use, as seen in movies and music vids! Report facts please! So sick of how emphasis is put on "three jews killed" when his first two victims were muslim, but no emphasis is put on that! This is how the media sensationalise reports! He was a troubled youngster angry at the world that went on a killing spree, clearly not religiously motivated! This is how the media sow division and hate between people!

      BA - 2012-03-22 14:11

      Nadia you ignoramus. He was a self-confessed muslim extremist.

      BA - 2012-03-22 14:11

      Nadia you ignoramus. He was a self-confessed muslim extremist.

      schrooge - 2012-03-22 14:18

      Thank You Nadia.Sad how so many of us wear constant blinkers.

      schrooge - 2012-03-22 14:18

      Thank You Nadia.Sad how so many of us wear constant blinkers.

      Nadia - 2012-03-22 14:22

      Self-confessed? Did he confess to you BA? Dead man tells no tales!

      Nadia - 2012-03-22 14:22

      Self-confessed? Did he confess to you BA? Dead man tells no tales!

      Mohsin - 2012-03-22 14:46

      ya this is what propaganda does when jews get killed by muslims it makes headlines but vice versa it's a different story

      Fred - 2012-03-22 15:46

      Molones is another wrong thinker

  • rosiegracebrooks - 2012-03-22 14:07

    I find it so sad that people are driven to the extreme of believing murder and death are necessary, especially when organised religion is involved. Look at his face - he could be next door neighbour having a laugh with family. Yet he turned into a killer and ruined many people's lives, all because he believed with all his might that is was the right thing to do. Very sad, on all sides.

      fishycraig - 2012-03-22 14:39

      That is the scary thing. He could be your neighbour. And it isn't just terrorists that look like that - paedophiles, serial killers, etc. Look at the 9/11 terrorists - they all looked pretty normal and decent.

  • Mohsin - 2012-03-22 14:19

    TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE SCEPTICAL ABOUT CONSPIRACY THEORIES DO YOUR SELF A FAVOUR AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE DOLLAR BILL. TAKE NOTE OF THE "ALL SEEING EYE" NOW GO FIGURE WHAT THE BIGGER PICTURE BEHIND THAT IS AND THEN U HOPEFULLY WILL LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW WORLD

      Heiku - 2012-03-22 14:41

      I think you pay too much respect to the government. Freedom is a state of mind.

      Fred - 2012-03-22 15:46

      Hahahahahaha!!

  • E=MC2 - 2012-03-22 14:20

    good

  • Jou - 2012-03-22 14:33

    Looks Moroccan.

      Jaba - 2012-03-22 16:46

      Actually he looks like a friend of mine – scary how animals could look so normal! I apologise to all animals – you didn’t deserve that I know.

  • Carry - 2012-03-22 14:46

    Another radical bites the dust - thank goodness. Just a pity the nutcase murdered 7 people first.

  • Isabel - 2012-03-22 15:25

    No loss to the world - another fanatic bites the dust!

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