… The papers showed he had made more than 1,800 calls to over 180 contacts in 20 different countries, Le Monde said…
Once again, the seminal difference between a Batman killer or a madman Breivik, and a jihadist. The differences between them and the French Muslim who slaughtered soldiers in cold blood and mowed down Jewish children at a Jewish day school in Toulouse are motive, ideology and religious mandate.
The savage's heart was soothed by his murders in accord with the Qur'an's promise:
them, Allah will torment them by your hands, and bring them to
disgrace, and will assist you against them, and will heal the hearts of
the believers, and will still the anger of your hearts." — Qur'an
Mohamed Merah slaughtered French soldiers, Jewish children and a
Rabbi in the cause of Islam. Mohamed Merah videoed his cold-blooded
slaughter. In the video he is seen yanking the terrified 8-year-old
(above) Myriam Monsenego by her hair — then firing a bullet into her
head while he holds her. Officials believe Merah strapped on a camera
before each murder and posted the videos on jihadi Web sites, where he
believed they would inspire other al Qaeda wannabes.
Le Monde newspaper says it has seen confidential documents of the
police investigation into Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah that suggest he
was not working alone.
The papers showed he had made more than 1,800 calls to over 180 contacts in 20 different countries, Le Monde said.
Merah had also made several trips to the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Merah, 24, killed three soldiers and four Jewish people in March before being shot dead by police.
Le Monde's article cites confidential papers from the DCRI intelligence agency.
The BBC's Christian Fraser in Paris says the papers obtained
by Le Monde cast light on a young man who was much more than an angry
petty criminal that had "radicalised himself" – as suggested by the
DCRI earlier in the investigation.
Between September 2010 and February 2011 the former garage
mechanic made hundreds of calls to countries including Egypt, Morocco,
Kenya, Kazhakstan, Saudi Arabia, Bhutan and the UK.
Merah had become known to the intelligence services as early
as 2009, after they had been following his sister, Souad, and his
brother, Abdelkhadar, who are now both in police custody.
Abel Chennouf was one of Merah's victims
The papers show that intelligence services recorded a trip to a
Salafist, or ultraconservative Sunni Islamist, school of obedience in
In February 2011, German officials alerted French colleagues that Merah had travelled from Cairo, via Frankfurt, to Toulouse.
It was only in March 2011, after a long trip to Afghanistan, that Merah was placed under tighter surveillance.
One official quoted in the papers said Merah changed SIM
cards, registered under his mother's name, frequently, and suggested the
family was trying to protect him.
Merah, who himself claimed to have al-Qaeda affiliation, was
also reported to have contacted one known Salafist in Toulouse and two
others who recently left for Mauritania.
Merah was shot dead on 22 March after a huge manhunt culminated in a 32-hour stand-off with police at an apartment in Toulouse.
The Jewish victims included three children murdered at a school.
Merah's rampage, from 11 to 19 March, terrorised the region.
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