Of course devout Muslim didn't act alone. There were many Muslims working with Merah. There are millions like him, just waiting for their opportunity.
… The papers showed he had made more than 1,800 calls to over 180 contacts in 20 different countries, Le Monde said…
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.
Toulouse shootings: man and woman arrested over suspected links to killer Guardian (thanks to Van)
Pair held on suspicion of links to Mohamed Merah, who killed three Jewish children, a rabbi and three paratroopers
A man and a woman have been arrested in southern France on suspicion of links to an Islamic militant who killed Jewish schoolchildren and French paratroopers this year, the Paris prosecutor's office said on Tuesday.
arrests, the first in the case since March, may throw new light on
suspicions that Mohamed Merah did not act alone in the attacks, which
left seven dead. Merah was later killed in a shootout with police.
One of Merah's brothers, Abdelkader, is already in custody on preliminary charges of complicity in the killings. Their oldest brother is among those who have suggested a third man may have played a role.
man arrested on Tuesday was picked up in the city of Albi in southern
France, and the woman – his ex-girlfriend – was arrested in Toulouse,
the prosecutor's office said. It released no other details.
An official with the prosecutor's office, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the man was the key suspect.
The Sipa news agency said the man was suspected of helping obtain the scooter used in the attacks.
told police during a standoff before his death that he carried out the
killings of three paratroopers, three Jewish schoolchildren and a rabbi
over a nine-day period in March.
Merah had travelled to Pakistan
and Afghanistan and was under loose surveillance by French security
services, which have since acknowledged lapses and promised to tighten
While authorities initially described him as a "lone-wolf" terrorist, lawyers for victims' families were sceptical.
know that he didn't kill alone," lawyer Patrick Klugman, who represents
some victims' families, said on LCI television. "We want everyone who
helped him, who hid him … brought before justice."
lawyer for the father of one of the paratroopers, told Sipa that she was
expecting more arrests of suspected accomplices "in France and abroad".