March 22nd, 2012
01:38 PM ET

Slain suspect in French shootings was on no-fly list, official says

A suspected al Qaeda-trained militant who was shot dead Thursday after a siege in Toulouse was on the U.S. no-fly list, a U.S. intelligence official confirmed Thursday.

The official said Mohammed Merah had been on the list for some time, one reason being that he had attended an al Qaeda training camp.

Merah, 23, was wanted in the killings of three French paratroopers, a rabbi and three children ages 4, 5, and 7. The shootings began March 11 and ended Monday with the slaying of the rabbi and the children at a Jewish school in Toulouse.

Merah died Thursday during a police raid on his Toulouse apartment after a standoff that had lasted more than 31 hours, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.

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  1. Jt_flyer

    Untill France gets serious about extremists it'll be "open season".

    March 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. See

    Imagine that. We knew about the muslim slime ball...

    March 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sean

      So does that make you a Christian A$$H_le?

      March 22, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Badly-Bent

    Why are we waiting for Al Crappa training camp attendees to ferment if we know who's gone through that kind of brain washing?

    March 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jeff

    Room for one more on the no-fly list

    March 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. whocares

    We should send our Navy Seal teams into the Al Qaeda training camps. Get a list of all the trainees and hunt them all down before they cause anymore trouble.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • michaeldw

      Or just drop a 2000lb JDAM during the tire dash.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Drew

    This is all too hard to fathom–a muslim, practioner of the religion of peace, killing civilians? Can't be.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chuck Steak

      I can't believe it either!

      March 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Go Figure

    I've seen it dozens of times. A country does not think they are a target for terror and ends up having innocent bystanders killed because of their governments lack of concern. As long as a country and it's inhabitants are not Muslim, you are going to be a target. These islamic idiots lack the intelligence to promote peace.They truly believe that all people should be muslim or be dead. I pray for the souls of those they kill, and hope that the killer(s) burn in hell.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. me

    Here's an idea, rather than wait till they attend camp and put their names on the naughty list – why not just bomb the camp so no more could attend? Seems rather silly to focus on an ever growing list when you could eiminate the list all together.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Yaakov

    France simply must pass a law whereby any French citizen who is Muslim will be banned from travelling to any Muslim country which condones terror or allows radical Islamic groups free reign. No travel will be permitted to Afghanistan unless with the military, nio Iraq, no Yemen, no Pakistan. Any Muslim under surveillance as was this thing just killed should not be allowed out of the country and no possibility of recievng a passport.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. solo1861

    It would be more impressive if some 5 years old kids weren't being harassed by tsa because of the so effective no-fly list.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      Yes, the pure harassment of having to take your shoes off weighed against a violent gunman getting into our country. I'll be damned if I am forced to take off my Birkenstocks for those fascist pigs at TSA. That poor gunman would probably have just wanted to talk to us politely had we let him in.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. loai

    What would cause such a young person to perform such an act?
    Is it the hypocracy of the US and western countries when dealing with topics that are sacred to 'Moslims'.
    As long as you are blindly supporting Israel, invading and occupying Muslim lands then everything is expected.
    How is Algaeda getting to their heads? is it because they are ignorant lost kids? Absolutely No. Anwar Alwalaghi was a US educated man who was born/breathed and educated here. Unfortunately most of the values that are praciticed and preached here in the US is not reflected in the US policy.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • BOMBO ©

      Aren't you late for your suicide vest fitting?

      March 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ron

    I'm a American whose parents are of Lebanese descent and I am also a Muslim and I must say people who have attended Al-Qaeda training camps should not be allowed to just walk around and especially not be allowed to own guns.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • loai

      Are you still happily eating your Humus and Tahini? What are you doing to the Muslim lands that your parents left behind?

      March 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Big C

    Bomb the camps.....awesome idea. What if they are not in a country for which you have an agreement to fly over? What if they move the camp so frequently that your tactical teams can't pursue engagement? What if you are too stupid for details behind the scenes? There is no simple answer to our Terrorist problems in the world, so sit tight and be on your toes. This fight isn't going anywhere fast.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Sam

    I'm surprised the French didn't surrender to the lone gunman

    March 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Donald in CA

    To all the haters and racist, people of color will not tolerate this. Your hatred of a black prsident have worped your minds.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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