French media released Friday the first photos from inside the apartment in which the Toulouse terrorist Mohamed Merah was holed up while he was hiding from police after he killed seven people, including a rabbi and three Jewish children.
The video, which according to France 2 TV was filmed on Thursday, shows the damage done to the apartment after French police raided it and killed Merah, after a 32-hour siege on his apartment.
In the video, broken furniture and perforated walls can be seen – the result of the clash between Merah and French police.
In a drama gripping France five weeks before a presidential election, some 300 police laid siege to the five-storey house in a suburb of the prosperous industrial town in a bid to capture the shooter, suspected of killing seven people in the name of al-Qaida.
The French citizen of Algerian origin told negotiators he had killed three soldiers last week and four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children and because of French army involvement in Afghanistan.
The huge operation, involving hundreds of investigators and police started only on Monday afternoon, in the aftermath of the shooting at the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, despite the fact that already four days earlier, after the murder of two French soldiers, it was clear that the perpetrator was repeating himself, and that he was liable to attack again.
For a period of days, security forces continued on the Neo-Nazi route, and dismissed other possible lines of inquiry, even though it seems as if Mohamed Merah was under the radar of the security forces, and that he was known to them as a radical Islamist operative.
Those slain at the Jewish school, all of French-Israeli nationality, were buried in Israel on Wednesday as relatives sobbed inconsolably. The bodies of Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, his sons Arieh, 5, and Gabriel, 3, and 8-year-old Myriam Monsenego had been flown there earlier in the day.
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