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Toulouse shooter planned fresh attack

2012-03-21 20:00

Toulouse - French President Nicolas Sarkozy told religious community representatives the suspected Islamist gunman besieged in Toulouse had planned another attack on Wednesday, a Jewish leader said.

A police source also told AFP the suspect, who has been identified as self-declared Islamist Mohamed Merah, planned to kill another soldier.

Nicole Yardeni, head of the CRIF Jewish group in the Midi-Pyrenees region, said Sarkozy had told them the shooter "already had a plan to kill again" and that "he planned to kill this morning".

The police source said the suspect had "told investigators this morning that he had decided to kill a soldier in Toulouse on Wednesday morning and had already identified the victim."

Sarkozy met with the Jewish representatives in a police station near where police were besieging the home of a 23-year-old suspected Islamist militant believed to be behind the killings of three soldiers last week and three children and a teacher at a Jewish school on Monday.

Sarkozy left the station without making any comments after the meeting and later arrived at a military barracks in nearby Montauban for a ceremony in honour of the three dead soldiers.

Comments
  • Jack - 2012-03-21 20:42

    Muslim?

  • Aaron - 2012-03-21 21:07

    yes, it was a christian american soldier that killed 16 women and children last week without getting the same media attention. when it is a jewish or chritian killed it is all media hype. this is form of racism where the blood of some people is cheaper than others.

      Fred - 2012-03-21 21:19

      I'm sorry that's the way you saw and experienced it. It certainly isn't the way I did. Truly you're carrying around this "disadvantaged" lens and see the world through it.

      Snotty - 2012-03-21 23:55

      how come nobody is talking about ASSAD FROM SYRIA WHO HAS KILLED OVER 9000 CITIZENS ???? and continues to kill women and children .HE IS GETTING ALL THE ATTENTION YOU ARE CHEAP .27 BOMBS IN IRAQ IN ONE DAY 52 KILLED NOBODY SAYS ANYTHING BUT THE MEDIA TALKS .5 BOMBS IN PAKISTANS 0N ONE DAY 103 PEOPLE KILLED STILL NOBODY SAYS ANYTHING.ONLY MEDIA BROADCASTS.NOW FRANCE WILL TALK COS THEY ARE FED UP OF THE MUSLIMS TRYING TO MAKE THEIR OWN LAWS IN THEIR COUNTRY...

      Fred - 2012-03-22 04:12

      Surely these events are another call to all true Muslims to renounce the violent self-serving Jihadists in their midst, who are hijacking Islam and distorting it, and also to change the core martyr and devaluing of life beliefs so central to Islam. Life is a gift from God. It is not to be devalued and sacrificed that way.

  • Dmitri - 2012-03-21 21:32

    A police source also told AFP the suspect, who has been identified as self-declared Islamist Mohamed Merah.... Done and dusted

  • Noormohamed - 2012-03-21 21:53

    Derp, this so called Islamism is anything but Islamic, murder is murder, killing civilians is forbidden in Islam regardless of religion. A translated excerpt from Tafsir Al-Qurtubi (A set of Quranic exegesis) "The fact that someone disbelieves in Islam does not prevent us from being just to him, and that our dealing with them (in a state of war) should only be restricted to fighting or capturing them if they deserve so. And it is not permissible for us to retaliate in the same manner, even if they kill our women and children and cause sorrow to befall us, it is not permissible for us to act likewise with the intention of making them feel grief and sorrow." (Tafsir Al Qurtubi 5/8) Aside from that I'm surprised he managed to get such 'equipment' in France I'd expect a European country to be a bit more thorough especially with a person who was apparently under surveillance of some sort.

      Snotty - 2012-03-21 23:57

      GO PREACH TO THE ARAB TROUBLED COUNTRIES AND ESPECIALLY TO SYRIAN ASSAD WHO HAS SLAUGHTERED OVER 9000 CITIZENS

      Brandon - 2012-03-22 00:03

      Wonder who was the '@ss hole' who gave you a thumbs down, but I totally agree with you.

      Noormohamed - 2012-03-22 00:43

      @Snotty, I Smell troll, but yeah, no different from the 100's of other evil dictators of all religious backgrounds across history. Does he being muslim have anything to do with suppressing popular rebellion with brutal force? I don't think so.

  • Abisali - 2012-03-21 21:59

    @Jack: No! ISLAMIST!!

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