Toulouse siege still ongoing (10)

UPDATE: Several gunshots and an explosion were heard at the building where the suspect in seven shootings in southwest France is holed up, a Reuters witness said early on Thursday.

Three blasts at the building were the suspect in seven shootings in southwest France is holed up were intended to intimidate him and there has not been an assault to get him out of his apartment, the interior ministry said on Thursday.

“They were moves to intimidate the gunman who seems to have changed his mind and does not want to surrender,” ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told Reuters. “There is no assault.”

A police source and a deputy Toulouse mayor had said earlier that an assault had started after three loud blasts had been heard at the building following a more than 20-hour standoff.

Police had been trying to get 24-year-old Mohamed Merah to turn himself over after he fired through the door at them while they tried to storm his apartment in the suburbs of Toulouse in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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Afternoon Updates:

12:31 pm EDT, March 22nd, 2012 — French shooting suspect dies in siege, Sarkozy vows crackdown

12:32 pm EDT, March 22nd, 2012 — French intelligence slammed for failure to stop al-Qaeda killer Mohamed Merah

12:33 pm EDT, March 22nd, 2012 — Toulouse Fallout ‘Plays Into Sarkozy’s Hands’

12:35 pm EDT, March 22nd, 2012 — More and More French Jews Emigrating to Israel

12:40 pm EDT, March 22nd, 2012 — Five years jail for Qaeda Internet recruiter: German court

12:46 pm EDT, March 22nd, 2012 — Indonesian embassy not target of blast, security sources say

1:54 pm EDT, March 22nd, 2012 – Poll shows many Canadians do not trust Muslims

1:55 pm EDT, March 22nd, 2012 — The Jihad in France

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  • beentheredonethat

    Now that the killer is dead hopefully the western media in their fair and balanced tradition will provide coverage for the impending nation wide mass public displays of anger and intolerance by the 1.5M patriotic democracy loving French Muslims for radical Islam and everything it stands for. Taking peacefully to the streets for the world to see demonstrating their fury and intolerance for radical Islam and its follower’s misrepresentation of the religion of peace and the teachings of the koran.

  • Cy

    All’s well that ends well.
    Backstory should be interesting – I read that he was really not that “devout” in his daily lifestyle.

    • jean

      Often these Puritanical fundamentalists are puritanical about everyone else’s purity, and a self aggrandizing lunatic wanting to go out a hero/martyr for whatever cause or religion

  • beentheredonethat

    Another one sent down the slip and slide into the burning fires of hell screaming ‘where are my virgins you lied to me’! That is a good thing. A seemingly inexhaustible supply of fuel.