Merah may not be a ‘lone wolf’
PARIS - The Associated Press
Mohammed Benalel Merah, father of Mohammed Merah, is seen in this photo with his face covered. The family wants Merah’s body to be buried in Algeria. AFP photoA video apparently showing Toulouse gunman’s attacks on soldiers and a Jewish school was sent to the Al-Jazeera news network, but not by him, French police said, raising the specter of a possible accomplice.
While French politicians describe gunman Mohammed Merah as a “lone wolf” terrorist, his brother is behind bars on suspicion of helping in the attacks and police are continuing to look for potential accomplices. A French official close to the investigation said the video was not sent by Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman who was killed in a shootout March 22. Another official said the envelope sent to Al-Jazeera contained a March 21 postmark from a large postal processing center for the area around Toulouse, meaning it was unclear exactly where it was mailed from. He could not say anything about who may have sent the video.
Amid high tension, a 12-year-old boy was beaten outside his Jewish school in Paris by youths reciting anti-Semitic slogans, school officials said. The boy did not suffer serious injuries. The 12-year-old boy was hit and punched in the back of his head March 26 afternoon as he left the Ozar Hatorah School in Paris. She said the aggressors were two boys a couple of years older than the victim who recited anti-Semitic slogans.