France Deports Father of Toulouse Terrorist

June 5, 2015  

France on Friday deported the Algerian father of an Islamist who gunned down French soldiers and Jewish children in a 2012 killing spree in Toulouse, police sources said, according to AFP.

The father of Mohamed Merah, who shot dead three soldiers before gunning down three students and a teacher at the Otzar HaTorah Jewish school, had been in the country illegally for months after authorities refused to renew his residency permit in March.

A source close to the case said the father, Mohamed Benalel Merah, was arrested near the cemetery where his son was buried after being killed by elite police after a 32-hour siege of his apartment in the southern city of Toulouse.

He was questioned and put on a flight to Algeria, according to AFP.

His son embarked on a killing spree, gunning down his victims from the back of a scooter between March 11 and 19, 2012, boasting that he was working for Al-Qaeda to police during the siege of his apartment.

Mohamed Benalel Merah later filed a murder complaint when police ended the siege by shooting his son.

Intelligence sources told AFP earlier this year that Merah’s half-brother Essid was suspected of having appeared in an Islamic State group execution video.

Merah’s sister Souad also left for Syria in 2014, the sources said. The sister has long been suspected of helping Mohammed plan the Toulouse attacks but was never charged.

AFP contributed to this report.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

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