Police check identity papers of Toulouse residents 370 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Six additional suspects have been arrested this week for their connection to the
series of terror attacks carried out by Mohammed Merah between March 11 and 16
last year, French police announced on Wednesday.
Four of the arrests –
two on Tuesday and two on Wednesday – were made in the city of Toulouse, where
the young French-Algerian Islamist killed four outside the Otsar Hatorah Jewish
school – three children and the father of two of them. In Montauban, a nearby
city, Merah killed three French paratroopers.
Two other suspects were
arrested in Paris, one on Tuesday and another on Wednesday, according to a
source close to the investigation, who added that the suspected accomplices are
aged between 24 and 30.
In more than a year of investigations, several
men have been arrested and then released, with the exceptions of Merah’s elder
brother Abdelkader, who is still in jail, and Mohammed Mounir Meskine, who was
arrested on May 18 and is suspected of stealing of the scooter used by Merah in
the wave of murders.
Meanwhile, the attack by a young Frenchman on a
French soldier last Sunday in the suburb of La Defense near Paris is now being
treated as an act of terrorism by investigators.
François Molins, a
leading French state prosecutor, said that the 22-yearold man who was converted
to Islam “probably acted in the name of his religious ideology.”