Toulouse killer visited Israel

2012-03-26 22:58

Jerusalem - Israeli authorities have confirmed that Mohammed Merah, the self-described "mujahideen" who killed seven people in France, entered Israel in September 2010 on a French passport, Israeli media reported on Monday.

Merah, whose murder spree last week targeted three Jewish children, a rabbi, and three soldiers in France, entered Israel from Jordan via the Allenby Bridge on a tourist visa. He was questioned by security forces, but no evidence was found to suggest he posed a threat. He stayed in the country for three days.

Israeli security officials quoted by local media discounted French claims that Merah was stopped in Jerusalem and found to be carrying a knife.

Merah was killed during a shoot-out on Thursday, after French security forces laid siege to his apartment.