Shooting suspect killed the head of Toulouse, officials say
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Toulouse : France | Mar 22, 2012 at 1:39 PM PDT
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French policemen stand near the house of a suspected Al-Qaeda gunman in Toulouse early Wednesday



French authorities reported on Thursday that Mohammed Merah - confessed killer of seven people in the region of Toulouse - died on Thursday with a bullet in the head during the police operation that ended a siege of 30 hours.



In an interview with journalists, the Paris prosecutor, Francois Molins, said the officials Raid (elite police unit) made ​​"every effort" to capture Merah alive, but acted "in self-defense" when the suspect of crimes jumped through the window of the apartment, shooting at police. Merah was accused of killing three children and a teacher at aJewish school last Monday (19).

In separate attacks last week, he still would have shot against three soldiers in Montauban, near Toulouse, who also died.



Born October 10, 1988 in Toulouse, he is French of Algerian origin and has a criminal record. The alleged shooter was in Pakistan and Afghanistan declared jihad and al Qaeda.

However, no concrete information about their participation in a training camp.The investigation should determine whether he acted alone or with the help of a cell, and if he belonged to al Qaeda, as claimed.







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During the course, Merah promised several times to surrender, which never happened,while police made ​​attempts to break into the apartment.

On Thursday morning - at about 11 am local time (7am GMT) - Police were able to enter the apartment when they wereheard more than 200 shots from outside the building. The operation culminated with the death of then Merah, which had declared the second statement made the day before thecountry's interior minister, Claude Guéant, wish to die "in arms".

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France's Interior Minister Gueant speaks to the media after the assault to capture gunman Mohamed Merah during a raid on a five-storey building to arrest a suspect in the killings of three children and a rabbi on Monday at a Jewish school, in Toulouse
France's Interior Minister Gueant speaks to the media after the assault to capture gunman Mohamed Merah during a raid on a five-storey building to arrest a suspect in the killings of three children and a rabbi on Monday at a Jewish school, in Toulouse
Abdel Fattah Hussein is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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