French killings suspect dead after siege, minister says
Members of the RAID special police forces lay siege to the area where suspect Mohamed Merah was holed up.
March 22nd, 2012
07:14 AM ET

French killings suspect dead after siege, minister says

[Updated at 7:14 a.m. ET] The suspect in the killing of seven people in and around the southern French city of Toulouse is dead after a police siege of his apartment lasting more than 31 hours, French Interior Minister Claude Gueant said Thursday.

Merah, 23, was wanted in the killings of three French paratroopers and of three students and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse, in a string of shootings that began on March 11. Gueant said earlier police wanted to capture him alive.

"We hope that he is still alive," Gueant said overnight. "We have a priority to hand him over to the authorities."

But they had no contact overnight with Merah.
Police fired stun grenades at the building every hour through the night, but there was no response. They launched a raid amid gunfire around 11:30 a.m. (6:30 a.m. ET) and Gueant announced the suspect's death soon afterward.

As police first attempted to seize him early Wednesday morning, Merah shot and wounded two officers, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.

[Posted at 4:31 a.m. ET] French authorities have had no contact overnight with Mohammed Merah, who is suspected in seven recent killings and is holed up in an apartment in the southern French city of Toulouse.

"There were two gunshots in the night at 2 a.m. and we don't know what they correspond to," Pierre-Henry Brandet, the Fench Interior Ministry spokesman said Thursday. "Since then we have not heard anything from him, our attempts to contact him have not yielded any results. He had said earlier in the night that he wanted to die with weapons in his hands."

Interior Minister Claude Gueant expressed his concern in an interview with RTL Radio.

"We hope that he is still alive," he said. "We have a priority to hand him over to the authorities."

Merah, 23, is wanted in the killings of three French paratroopers and of three students and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse, in a string of shootings that began on March 11. He opened fire on police as they tried to break down his apartment door about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, wounding two officers, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.

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    Mohammed Merah is now he French headless horseman.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Perhaps he got his wish.

    March 22, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    yesterday, he was neo-nazi, now he's a qaedy.. gonna bring france to its knees by killing a few people..

    March 22, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jack

    Bon Chance et Viva la France! That is what you get from those Muslim immigrants from (North Africa). Too bad you DO NOT ACCEPT those refugees from French Indochina (Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam), because we are not Frenchness enough for you. That is o.k. for us, we are much happier now in U.S.A., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

    March 22, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Spratt

      If y'all have a point, do ya think you could make it?

      March 22, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |

    Our point? Simple! Lunatic thought he was "holey:" cops proved him right by putting a hole in his head.

    March 22, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    Ding dong, la sorcière est morte.

    March 22, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Bombo all I understood was dead...

      March 22, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      I've been saying "ding dong the witch is dead" whenever various terrorist leaders and despots get killed, and this guy was killed in France. I've been witing for Assad to die, but I think that guy's going to be around for a while.

      March 22, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. ZH

    I am a Jew and just decided to convert...
    With all those courage s ' brave. Muslim; "HEROES" around. Imagine Mohhamad chasing 8 year old girl with a gun and executing her, he deserves a medal.
    I would like to be Muslim to learn how to kill brothers and sisters in the name of GOD
    If this GOD is your GOD; then replace him

    March 22, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      If you are a Jew @ZH, then you must have read the "King's Torah" by Rabbis Yosef Elitzar & Yitzahk Shapira or 'sermons' of ex-Chief Rabbi Ovedia Yousef, Rabbi Meir Kahane, Rabbi Shamuel Eliyahu or Arizdor Neventzal. lessons in terrorism and killing others.
      You don't need to learn from others.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |

    SHAW AIRFORCE BASE ON APRIL 30 1965. The seal of the living GOD in the forehead of the chosen one. Under racial profiling many black americans were arrested and were either martyred within the prison system or were deported to AFRICA where many of them were there and were buried in mass graves IN both the SUDAN and in the CONGO and it was this act as well as the rise of the hiphop nation which had been suumon against black america by the white feminists (WITCHES) is what has contribute to the black holocaust . M eanwhile a old demonic black america has arisn from both the antebellum and hiphop nation and and based on steretypical images of low class, poverty sttricken and criminally prone blacks and replace the black human population

    March 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    What a load of you know what @ ZH. And to think that we always see hate working on one side only.
    No you don't have to convert to islam & to learn. Just read what Christian & most western scholars and researchers have to say about this religion & mohamma.. like G.Margoliouth, J.M.Redwell, Dr.Steingass, Maurice Bucaille, Arthur j. Arberry, Bernard Shaw, even Gandhi, Gibbon,Michael Hart, Washington Irving, Leslie Hazelton. The list goes on. You would be surprised.
    I wish though this perp was captured alive.

    March 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Conspiracy theorist

    He knew too much

    March 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Why88

    To him, it is an act of revenge for Palestinians and the Arab cause . This will go on .

    March 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Whatever it was, it was a heinous act deserving swift punishment. There are ways of standing on an issue that one believes in without resorting to violence.
    But then what we see is mostly the misguided young who commit acts of violence everywhere. Sad.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ryan

    France sucks, who cares

    March 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. johnny h.

    I hate the french, if it wasnt for the USA, they wouldnt even exist......

    March 25, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lotsapoppa

    Did this Muhammed nazi-type character like Franz Ferdinand? Is that why he was in France?

    March 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
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