(Image Source: Anorak.co.uk)

 

BY LIAM KEEGAN
 

ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO

 

Terrorist suspect Mohamed Merah is dead after a two-day standoff with police.

The police raided the 23 year-old’s apartment in Toulouse, France after he became the suspect in the killing of three French paratroopers, a rabbi, and three Jewish children — all in the past few weeks.

Now the media are asking — who was the self-claimed jihadist? And what were his motives?

Merah called the French television show France 24 an hour before police surrounded his apartment. An editor for France 24 describes Merah to CNN.

“He was extremely well spoken, very polite, seemed to know exactly what message he wanted to get across in the sense that for him, that these acts were not only necessary, but that they were to uphold the honour of Islam.”

Telegraph writer George Grant says while initial reports indicated Merah was a Neo Nazi— it turns out, he was a French citizen with suspected links to al Qaeda. Grant says— this drastically changes Merah’s motives.

“The soldiers had been killed not because they weren’t white, but because they had fought for France in Afghanistan. The Jewish children were killed to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces in Gaza and the West Bank.”

According to Euro News — before he allegedly started killing — Merah lived a pretty normal life.

“How could neighbours have known? Back home he liked football and night clubbing, worked in a car body work shop, and showed no signs of militancy, friends say.”

But The Wall Street Journal reports — Merah had been on the U.S. no-fly list for some time.

“Two people familiar with the case said Mohammed Merah was on the list because in 2010 he had been in custody in Afghanistan, then sent back to France… the circumstances of his apprehension, detention and return to France weren't entirely clear.”

According to the Washington Post — Merah never indicated he was working for or with anyone else. But police are looking at the possibility of  accomplices, party to explain how the unemployed Merah owned several weapons and could afford trips to Afghanistan.
 

French Terrorist Suspect Merah: Who Was He?

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Mar 23, 2012

French Terrorist Suspect Merah: Who Was He?

(Image Source: Anorak.co.uk)

 

BY LIAM KEEGAN
 

ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO

 

Terrorist suspect Mohamed Merah is dead after a two-day standoff with police.

The police raided the 23 year-old’s apartment in Toulouse, France after he became the suspect in the killing of three French paratroopers, a rabbi, and three Jewish children — all in the past few weeks.

Now the media are asking — who was the self-claimed jihadist? And what were his motives?

Merah called the French television show France 24 an hour before police surrounded his apartment. An editor for France 24 describes Merah to CNN.

“He was extremely well spoken, very polite, seemed to know exactly what message he wanted to get across in the sense that for him, that these acts were not only necessary, but that they were to uphold the honour of Islam.”

Telegraph writer George Grant says while initial reports indicated Merah was a Neo Nazi— it turns out, he was a French citizen with suspected links to al Qaeda. Grant says— this drastically changes Merah’s motives.

“The soldiers had been killed not because they weren’t white, but because they had fought for France in Afghanistan. The Jewish children were killed to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces in Gaza and the West Bank.”

According to Euro News — before he allegedly started killing — Merah lived a pretty normal life.

“How could neighbours have known? Back home he liked football and night clubbing, worked in a car body work shop, and showed no signs of militancy, friends say.”

But The Wall Street Journal reports — Merah had been on the U.S. no-fly list for some time.

“Two people familiar with the case said Mohammed Merah was on the list because in 2010 he had been in custody in Afghanistan, then sent back to France… the circumstances of his apprehension, detention and return to France weren't entirely clear.”

According to the Washington Post — Merah never indicated he was working for or with anyone else. But police are looking at the possibility of  accomplices, party to explain how the unemployed Merah owned several weapons and could afford trips to Afghanistan.
 

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