Algeria refuses to bury Toulouse gunman

PARIS (JWN and agencies)—Algerian authorities have refused a request by Mohamed Benalel Merah to bury the body of his son, Mohamed, in his native Algeria. Mohamed Merah was shot dead by police last week after killing seven people in Toulouse, including a rabbi, three small children, and three French soldiers.

Merah was finally killed by a police sniper after a 30-hour siege at his Toulouse apartment. He had filmed the killings, including himself shooting an eight-year-old girl in the head.

His father had insisted he be buried in Algeria and has declared his intention to sue French authorities for killing his son rather than arresting him. The gunman was shot while he was firing at police officers, two of whom he had wounded.

Police arrested his older brother, Abdelkader, under suspicion of complicity in the murders after finding a large quantity of explosives in his car. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for Merah’s rampage.