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. Sacre Bleu

    Anybody who manages to find their way onto a No Fly List should probably be dead or incarcerated.

    March 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sid

      Very mature..

      March 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • bfpierce

      You've got an awful lot of faith in that list, or you just totally ignore all the people who've mistakenly been placed on it.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • morph147

      you do know that they have had cases of people the age of 5 ending up on the no fly list right. so should we kill them?

      March 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I was black listed when i was like 14 because I accidentally used a bag containing one small model rocket engine that I did not notice was in with all my other stuff. Accidents happen even if they were just a stupid mistake. Not all people on watch lists are evil.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • cw

      Does that include the toddler that was on the no-fly list because he had a name similar to a terrorist?

      March 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tony

    I'd put all NRA members on the no-fly list, judging by the damage their insanity has done in Florida

    March 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nobody cares what you'd do, but...

      I'd throw some education your way if you were capable of understanding anything more complicated than puppets and crayons. Unfortunately, I'm fresh out of both.

      Now, get back outside. The sand misses your head.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Handy

    Thank god and a Glock 22 .40 he is gone.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. King LeTroll

    the world becomes a better place the day all muslims stop breathign oxygen.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      God help us if they learn how to breath nitrogen.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. roye

    Another radical muslim gets to learn that hell is a bad place.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    Well, they don't have to worry about him flying now, do they.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    It seems there are plenty of buttons for the trolls to press today.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    What's the meaning in having this guy on no-fly list, or years of survillence if we can't prevent the killings??????



    March 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      You sound a bit like a certain world leader who led his country into war in the name of wiping out a group of people he believed responsible for the downfall of his country.

      His name:

      Adolf Hitler

      Declaring war on Muslims is no less insane than Al Qaeda's war on the Western world, or Hitler's genocide of the Jewish people.

      Instead, declare war on insanity. Declare war on ignorance. Find the sane people of all colors and religions, and declare war on this insane belief that genocide from either side will solve our problems.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. King LeTroll

    Muslims are the greatest plague on this earth. Leave us good folk alone so we can enjoy our family and live our life. Go beat up your woman or whatever you poor smelly people do over there.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. joe

    tony you are an passafist Idiot, oviously you know nothing of the Florida law

    March 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Damon

    You idiots do realize Christians kill people all the time.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • King LeTroll

      Yes Damon you are right. Christians fly commercial hijacked planes into middle east buildings at least once a year, and there is not a day goes by without a christian suicide bomber at a Muslim location. all the time.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Superman

    This guy should of been arrested a long time ago. If he is on the no fly list than theres a good reason for that. So arrest these people and keep them locked up. Especially in countries that harbor these people knowingly or unknowingly. This is like ignorance its the fault of the legal process to of let this guy walk the streets of france at all. Al qeada training is a crime its self. And even though it cant be stopped these people that get the training should be. If they train and they kill 1 person then the death sentence is justifiable under the hate crimes rule , and the law of anti terrorism , we can stop this carnage

    March 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. thomas

    He's gone to receive his reward in Hell: 72 urchins!

    March 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. WWRRD

    Another young male muslim killing innocent civilians again. Time for TSA to search more little old asian ladies.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Solphil


    *cough* crusades, dark ages, Spanish Inquisition, slavery, KKK *cough*

    You do realize that Muslims believe in the same god as Christians, right?

    March 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • shacks

      Jews believe in the same God too (side note)

      But, all those things you listed were because of extremism. You can't blame a denomination because extremists do horrible things.

      P.S. Everyone is to blame for slavery. Black people have done it too...

      March 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
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