Mourners at funeral of Toulouse shooter Merah 370 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Bruno Martin)
LYON – Mohamed Merah, the 23-year-old French terrorist who killed seven people
in March, could have been captured alive if the commandos outside the apartment
house where he holed-up had been more alert, according to new information
After he killed three soldiers in mid-March, one in
Toulouse and two in nearby Montauban, Merah, arrived on March 19 at the entrance
to Toulouse’s Ozar Hatorah day school where he shot dead two boys, Aryeh, six,
and Gabriel, three, their father, Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 30, and then
eight-yearold Miriam Monsonego.
On March 21, police surrounded Merah’s
apartment house on Sergent Vigné Street in a Toulouse suburb.
It is now
known that the killer left the apartment at 1 a.m., two hours before the final
assault, and walked 1 kilometer along the Avenue de la Gloire to a telephone
booth where he called a journalist from the French/English/ Arabic TV channel,
The surveillance system put in place to cover Merah’s
movements by the DCRI security agency (the Central Directorate of Interior
Intelligence) totally failed, Le Parisien newspaper has now concluded, quoting
an important agent from the agency: “The men in the surveillance position had
fallen asleep, and because of that did not see Merah passing in front of them.”