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. Sallad

    Religion is what's wrong with this world.Killing for god?All books of religion were written to control the people for the most part hundreds of years ago.Thats how uneducated these people are.Let's go kill women and children in the name of god. Fking idots.That's why we have hell.

    March 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    Unfortunately, this may be the new M O of these terrorist groups....the lone wolf. Glad to see the French dispatched him without a lot of fuss. Every civilized country probably is on their agenda given an opportunity. Sad but true.

    March 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    why don't we look for people on the no-fly list? maybe they could find them *before* they kill somebody..

    March 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. murray cyprus

    I am a dual citizen - US/CANADIAN Question - Did Zimmerman have a permit to own the gun he used to shoot Trayvon? Question: Did Zimmerman have a permit or licence to carry the gun he used to shoot Trayvon ? Did Zimmerman handle the gun in a manor that compiled to the all rules and regulations set out in the permits or licences issued or any other government rules and regulations? So, if the answer is that Zimmerman - as a neighborhood watch volunteer person complied with all the rules and regulations and did not violate anything then please let me know - I have a dozen buddies at least who are prepared to volunteer and who would like to apply for neighborhood watch positions down in Florida –

    March 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @murray: wrong psycho.. this is the qaedi france massacre thing..

      March 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Good thing the perp has been killed. Though if he was captured alive he could have divulged more info.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sparky

    I cannot beleive that the cheif would step down, if he did nothing wrong. I think that we should hear all the facts of the case before we judge. Has this investigation been handled any different from other cases? I am not against or for a arrest till we know what really happened, Why should this be any different from any other case????
    I don't understand how you can demand anything, that is not normal protocol. Do we have the right to ask to change the normal routine of an investivation, to suite our own personal needs? What would happen to our leagel system, if we did not follow the law. I cannot say how sorry I am for the parents of this child, But I would want the truth, before I judged anyone.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Favour

    Yes religion is one of our major problem in the world. How do we solve this problem?

    March 23, 2012 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar The Chorizo Chimp Of Chihuahua

    Those ISLAM'S would kill everbody if they could.

    March 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. vinny

    go back to canada, we dont need you sissy boys down here wanting to know whats it like to live in a free country....stick to hockey, shootings our sport

    March 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
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