Brother of Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah flown to Paris for questioning
French anti-terrorism investigators have flown the brother of Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah to Paris, trying to determine if Merah, a 23-year-old French citizen of Algerian descent, acted alone or with help in the deadly attacks.
Attempting to find answers for the killings which left seven dead, the BBC has reported that Abdelkader Merah has been flown from Toulouse to the Paris headquarters of the domestic intelligence agency (DCRI). The man, who made the trip along with his unnamed girlfriend, had said he was “proud” of his brother, according to the Guardian. The reports also disclosed that, before dying in a police siege, Mohamed Merah admitted killing seven people in execution-style gun attacks. Zoulika Aziri, the mother of the two men, was released on Saturday.
It seems that the brother was with the now deceased gunman when a scooter used to carry out the school shootings was stolen, says the Telegraph.
Gunman Mohamed Merah had claimed al-Qaida training and died in a hail of gunfire Thursday after a more than 31-hour standoff with French police, reported ToTheCenter.com recently.
Filming himself actually committing the murders of three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three French paratroopers with close-range shots to the head, the Huffington Post reports that another Jewish student and a paratrooper were actually also wounded in those earlier shootings. Five additional police officers were injured in the apartment siege.