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French suspect 'jumped out of window'

2012-03-22 13:44

Toulouse - Self-professed al-Qaeda militant Mohamed Merah died during a police assault on his besieged flat after jumping out of the window while still shooting, Interior Minister Claude Gueant said.

Gueant told journalists that during Thursday's assault on Merah's flat in the southern French city Toulouse, police cleared rooms until only the bathroom was left.

"When a means of investigation [such as a mirror or camera] was introduced into the bathroom, the killer came out from the bathroom shooting very violently. The bursts of gunfire were frequent and hard," Gueant said.

"A RAID [special police] officer who is used to this kind of thing told me that he had never seen such a violent assault.

"RAID officers of course tried to protect themselves, to return fire, and then in the end, Mohamed Merah jumped out of the window with a gun in his hand, continuing to fire. He was found dead on the ground."

Merah's flat has been besieged for over 30 hours and journalists kept at a distance. His flat is reportedly on the first floor above the ground floor.

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

Comments
  • Kobus - 2012-03-22 13:55

    No sympathy with this fool :(

      Shaun McDermott - 2012-03-22 13:59

      One fanatic down more to go. i kind of expected this idiot to have wired up his apartment to a bomb by the amount of time he had to surrender. what a farce.

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-03-22 14:19

      Jumped - pushed. Same thing ...

      PB - 2012-03-22 14:27

      GOOD RIDDANCE

      Tim - 2012-03-22 14:28

      Uhmm how do you DIE from jumping off the first floor? We are talking of about 2.5m only? Surely he would only have broken some bones?

      Khaleed - 2012-03-22 14:40

      There are many many more @Shaun

      Jaba - 2012-03-22 15:01

      rest in NO peace

      Peter-Peter - 2012-03-22 15:56

      Tim, he jumped from the 5th floor, but lived on the 'second' floor

  • Jomah - 2012-03-22 14:07

    Good riddance!! Bloody coward.

      Khaleed - 2012-03-22 14:41

      300 vs 1 dont equal coward.....Fool

      Grant - 2012-03-22 14:57

      @Khaleed No, but killing unarmed children at a school equals coward.

      Jimmy - 2012-03-22 15:10

      Khaleed and you think the fact that the retard Mohammed Merah killed three unarmed children and a teacher is not cowardice? YOU are the fool

      Jomah - 2012-03-22 17:35

      @Khaleed: He was a coward in the fact that he was not man enough to stand up to what he believed in, and accept responsibility for what he done! ..... Ignorant Idiot.

  • Terry - 2012-03-22 14:10

    One less Binladen to worry about :)

  • fishycraig - 2012-03-22 14:11

    He jumped from the first floor and died? Glad he is gone - provides closure for the family but a ten - twelve foot fall killed him? Ah, an Islamic terrorist isn't as tough as they used to be. Perhaps why this idiot had to resort to killing children.

      Khaleed - 2012-03-22 14:33

      Haha thats why it took 300 french police so many hours to get him......lol and he still jumped

      fishycraig - 2012-03-22 14:43

      No kaleed - they wanted to obviously take this idiot alive - why I don't know. But, like so many of his kind he chose the coward way out and killed himself.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-22 14:14

    7dead 3Policemen critically injured,,,, Yooop what ar you celebrating. Its seems to me this guy fullfilled his goals of going down like a true male lion

      wesleywt - 2012-03-22 14:26

      lol cosmos... you clearly a troll. Nobody is this stupid.

      BA - 2012-03-22 14:28

      Do you condone and support what he did Cosmos? Do you think those kids deserved to die?

      Fidel - 2012-03-22 15:26

      Mohamed killed a child because it would be the most provocative. It would make people like you (including French citizens) sit up and ask, why is that drives young Muslim males to commit such atrocities. The answer being western imperialism!

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-22 15:47

      U ar mentioning only the 4 victims, what about the french troops of Arab & African descent who also died here? Thats why people end up taking radical positions its because of yr double standards. U hve to understand u ar not the only people in this world & the world dont live to keep yr kind happy after all most of these problems has its root causes from yr kind. Last week in Florida a certain mr Zimmerman shot & killed a 17yr old black boy in a racist attack, did u say anything?. Im not a Troll i just hate the narrative u want to impose on us

  • Vaal-Donkie - 2012-03-22 14:14

    "Mohamed Merah" doesn't sound like an Aryan name...

      Fidel - 2012-03-22 14:21

      How about Adolf Hitler?

      Vaal-Donkie - 2012-03-22 14:43

      Sorry, you misunderstand me. President Sarkozy was adamant that the shootings were the actions of a White Supremacist/Aryan movement. He was obviously barking up the wrong tree. I am not trying to pin the tail on the appropriately-coloured donkey, I am merely pointing out that he jumped to the wrong conclusion. It leads me to believe that he pulled the accusation out of his @rse.

      Fidel - 2012-03-22 14:57

      My bad, it's what happens when I switch my fingers before the brain. The Breivik connection?

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-03-22 14:25

    It's a good thing this oke is dead

  • Terence - 2012-03-22 14:28

    Gravity- brings you down to earth.

  • Gary - 2012-03-22 14:31

    He murdered people and that is wrong, but don't forget the terrorism committed against Iraqi, Afghan and Yemeni people, by the West. They have killed hundreds of thousands through their illegal wars and now they want to start in Iran. The Western governments are the real terrorists.

      TBlogger - 2012-03-22 14:42

      Thanks Gary, one sensible person on this site.. People seem to believe the oppression and terrorism these countries are facing are actually "military operations"....

      Fidel - 2012-03-22 15:07

      A 1000 recommends Gary! People should study history and see who the real terrorists are.

      Mohsin - 2012-03-22 15:23

      nice 1 Gary

  • mrmdavids - 2012-03-22 14:46

    Personally, this reeks of coverups, this is once again used as part of a ploy to justify "war"! And by war I actually mean "Crimes against Humanity"! Its the same old story being sold to the public, as they have done time and time again since 9/11. First it was the Taliban, now its Al Qaeda. The saddest part is that the world keeps falling for the same joke, and no one seems to realize it. Is the mind control really this powerful? I see America has now begun threatening anyone still buying oil from Iran. When will people wake up and realize whats really going on in the world today?

      Squeegee - 2012-03-22 17:52

      Are you drunk or just delusional?

  • Kraken - 2012-03-22 15:29

    Lol. Terrorist NEO

      Shaun McDermott - 2012-03-22 16:26

      just been checking out the koran. weird it says kill your enemy........now i know where fanatics get it from

  • SuzanneGonzalez - 2012-03-22 17:43

    Good riddance to fanatical rubbish

  • Dar - 2012-03-22 17:45

    Date: April 9, 2009 Place: Khost Province, Ali Daya Circumstances: U.S. forces were positioned on the rooftop opposite the home of Brigadier Artillery officer Awal Khan. In a night raid, U.S. forces burst into Awal Khan’s home. Awal Khan was away from home. His family members ran to the rooftop, believing that robbers had entered the home. When they emerged on their rooftop, U.S. forces on the opposite roof opened fire, killing Awal Khan’s wife, his brother, his 17 year-old daughter Nadia, and his fifteen year-old son, Aimal and his infant son, born just a week earlier. U.S. /NATO initial response: April 9, 2010, coalition forces issue a statement that the four people killed by troops were "armed militants." Later that same day [another statement] (http://washingtonindependent.com/38058/us-accepts-responsibility-for-khost-civilian-casualties) admits that further inquiries "suggest that the people killed and wounded were not enemy combatants as previously reported."

  • Dar - 2012-03-22 17:45

    U.S. /NATO acknowledgement that the people killed were unarmed civilians: The Times of London reported the following, on April 11, 2009: The US military conceded that its forces killed the civilians in error during the night-time raid that targeted the neighbouring compound of a suspected militant. The father of the dead family is a lieutenant-colonel in the Afghan Army fighting the Taleban in the restive province of Ghazni. The US military reported that two males, two females and an infant were believed to have died in the incident, and two other women were wounded. A relative of the dead family told reporters that the dead infant was a boy born last week. “This was a terrible tragedy,” a US spokesman, Colonel Greg Julian, told The Times.

  • Dar - 2012-03-22 17:46

    Date: December 26, 2009 Place: Kunar Province Circumstances: In a night raid, U.S. forces, claiming to attack a bomb-making factory, attacked a house where eight youth, aged 11–18, were sleeping. They pulled the youngsters out of their beds, handcuffed them, and executed them. Villagers said that seven of those killed were students and one was a neighboring shepherd. U.S. /NATO acknowledgement that the people killed were unarmed civilians: February 24, 2010–U.S. forces issued an apology, admitting that the U.S. had killed seven schoolboys and a neighboring shepherd

  • Dar - 2012-03-22 17:46

    Date: February 2010 Place: Helmand Province During this month, U.S./NATO forces launched a military offensive against three hamlets in the Marja district. Researcher Prof. Marc Herold presents a detailed summary and analysis of Afghan civilians killed directly by U.S/NATO forces during this particular month.

  • Dar - 2012-03-22 17:47

    Date: February 12, 2010 Place: Paktika Province Circumstances: In a night raid, U.S. forces attacked a home where 25 people, 3 of them musicians, had gathered for a naming celebration. A newborn was being named that night. One of the musicians went outside to relieve himself. A flashlight shone in his face. Panicked, he ran inside and announced that the Taliban were outside. A police commander, Dawoud, the father of the newborn, ran outside with his weapon. U.S. forces opened fire, killing Officer Dawoud, a pregnant mother, an eighteen year old, Gulaila, and two others. U.S. / NATO initial response: February 12, 2010–U.S. forces claimed that the women had been killed earlier, in an honor killing. Nato’s initial press release bore the headline: “Joint Force Operating in Gardez Makes Gruesome Discovery.” The release said that after "intelligence confirmed militant activity" in a compound near a village in Paktika province, an international security force entered the compound and engaged "several insurgents" in a firefight. Two "insurgents" were killed, the report said, and after the joint forces entered the compound, they "found the bodies of three women who had been tied up, gagged and killed."

  • Dar - 2012-03-22 17:47

    March 16, 2010 The UN issued a scathing report, stating that the U.S. had killed the women. Villagers told Jerome Starkey, reporting for the Independent, that U.S. troops tried to tamper with evidence by digging bullets out of the womens’ bodies and out of the walls. U.S. /NATO acknowledgement that the people killed were unarmed civilians: April 6, 2010–Almost two months later, the Pentagon was finally forced to admit that international forces had badly bungled the raid that night in Paktika, and that U.S. troops had, in fact, killed the women during their assault on the residence. One of the women was a pregnant mother of ten, and the other was a pregnant mother of six children

  • Dar - 2012-03-22 17:48

    Date: February 21, 2010 Place: Convoy en route to Kandehar Circumstances: U.S. aerial forces attacked a three-car convoy traveling to a market in Kandehar. The convoy had planned on continuing to Kabul so that some of the passengers could get medical treatment. At least three dozen people were passengers in the three cars. The front car was an SUV type vehicle, and the last was a Land Cruiser. When the first car was hit by U.S. air fire, women in the second car jumped out and waved their scarves to indicate that they were civilians. U.S. helicopters continued to fire rockets and machine guns, killing 21 people and wounding 13. U.S./NATO initial response: February 22, 2010–The day after the attack, the U.S.-led military coalition said that NATO forces had fired on a group of "suspected insurgents" who were thought to be on their way to attack Afghan and coalition soldiers a few miles away. When troops arrived after the helicopter strike, they discovered women and children among the dead and wounded.

  • Dar - 2012-03-22 17:48

    Date: April 12, 2010 Place: Kandahar Circumstances: According to the New York Times, “American troops raked a large passenger bus with gunfire near Kandahar on Monday morning, (April 12).” The attack killed five civilians and wounded 18. Initial U.S./NATO response: A statement issued by the American-led military command in Kabul said that four people were killed. It said “an unknown, large vehicle” drove “at a high rate of speed” toward a slow-moving NATO convoy that was clearing mines. U.S. /NATO acknowledgement that the people killed were unarmed civilians: April 12, 2010–“ISAF deeply regrets the tragic loss of life in Zhari district this morning. According to ISAF operational reporting, four civilians were killed, including one female, and five others were treated for injuries at the scene of the incident today. Upon inspection, NATO forces discovered the vehicle to be a passenger bus." April 13, 2010–The New York Times reported that “a military spokeswoman confirmed that a convoy traveling west, in front of the bus, opened fire, but said the second convoy was traveling east toward the passenger bus. She also said the driver of the bus was killed. A survivor, however, identified himself as the driver and said he did not violate any signal from the troops. ‘I was going to take the bus off the road,’ said the man, Mohammed Nabi. ‘Then the convoy ahead opened fire from 60 to 70 yards away,’ he said.”

  • Dar - 2012-03-22 17:49

    Date: April 20, 2010 Place: Khost Province Circumstances: A NATO military convoy attacked a car approaching a checkpoint, claiming that the car sped up after being warned to stop. Four young men were killed. According to the New York Times, “The shooting Monday night in Khost province sparked an immediate outcry from the victims’ family, who insisted that all four were civilians driving home from a volleyball game. ‘The youngest boy was just 13,’said Rahmatullah Mansour, whose two sons and two nephews were killed in the shooting. Mansour said that the victims in Monday’s shooting were his sons Faizullah, 13, and Nasratullah, 17; and nephews Maiwand and Amirullah, both 18. He said all were students except Amirullah, who was a police officer.” Initial U.S. / NATO response: April 21, 2010–From the New York Times: “Without offering proof, NATO described the dead as two insurgents and their “associates.” In a statement on Tuesday, NATO said the vehicle ignored warning shots and accelerated toward the military convoy. But the statement did not challenge the Afghan account that no weapons were found in the vehicle.” U.S. /NATO acknowledgement that the people killed were unarmed civilians: April 22, 2010–NATO acknowledged Wednesday that four unarmed Afghans who were killed this week when a military convoy opened fire on their vehicle were all civilians, correcting an earlier claim that two of the dead were ”known insurgents

  • Dar - 2012-03-22 17:49

    Date: April 28, 2010 Place: Surkh Rod district, near Jalalabad Circumstances: According to Safiya Sidiqi, a member of the Afghan parliament, dozens of Afghan and U.S. soldiers entered her family home, blindfolded and handcuffed men and women, and killed her brother-in-law, Amanullah, a 30 year old car mechanic with five children. “They shot him six times. In his heart, in his face, in his head,” Sidiqi said on Thursday, April 29th. Both legs were broken. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/29/AR2010042900331_pf.html) Initial U.S./NATO response: April 29, 2010–An Afghan-international security force killed one armed individual while pursuing a Taliban facilitator in Nangarhar last night. (http://www.isaf.nato.int/en/article/isaf-releases/afghan-isaf-operations-in-nangarhar.html) U.S. /NATO acknowledgement that the person killed was an unarmed civilian: None, as yet. The case is still under investigation. Kathy Kelly (kathy@vcnv.org) and Dan Pearson (dan@vcnv.org) are co-coordinators of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

  • Dar - 2012-03-22 18:09

    These reports hurt me, as does the report of those killed in France! When will all the murder stop? When will we learn to control our greed and hunger for power! I am a father of six; I look at my children and ask: What would I do if my family was mercilessly killed? My answer: I don’t know!

      Fidel - 2012-03-22 19:37

      Years ago a politician said that what was necessary was to bomb a new country every ten years or so, so that people understand that they are serious. Well, this is more or less what has been happening since then. They have been propagating a culture of wars and conflicts between groups.

  • Lynda - 2012-03-22 22:36

    The fight against apartheid........hello world, you condoned the killing of civilians, children and innocent civilians in the fight to end an evil regime in South Africa, in what way is the fight to end the apartheid in Palestine any different?

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