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Merah felt 'endless pleasure' during school massacre

As his house lay under siege, Toulouse terrorist Mohammed Merah admitted to police that he felt 'endless pleasure' during Ozar Hatorah attack; wished he could have killed more

Roi Simyoni
Published: 03.25.12, 12:14 / Israel News

Just moments before he was killed in a gunfight with French police officers, the Toulouse terrorist Mohammed Merah said he was disappointed that he had missed out on "the first day of school after the summer break at the Jewish school," as he would have been able to kill more Jewish children that way.

 

French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche reported on Sunday that during negotiations for his surrender with police, Merah admitted that he felt "endless pleasure" during the massacre at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish School last week.

 

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Merah also told police officers that he didn't want to end his life as a "kamikaze" as he wanted to carry out additional murders "to see and touch his victims before they died," the weekly quoted police sources as saying.

 

As for his time in Afghanistan, Merah said that he underwent personal training rather than "collective training," and added that his trainer wanted him to carry out attacks in Paris but he chose to start with Toulouse.

 

"Merah thought that killing one French soldier in France would have the same effect as killing six soldiers in Afghanistan," police reported.

 

Meanwhile, French police are continuing their investigation into the role Mohammed's brother Abdelkader had in the series of attacks.

 

Experts have used cellular tracking technology to determine that a laptop belonging to Abdelkader Merah, the brother of Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah, was located near the Jewish school where the latter shot dead four people on Monday.

 

The computer appeared to have been near the scene of the shooting on the day of the attack.  

Abdelkader, who has been taken in for questioning in Paris, denied involvement in his brother's shooting spree.

 

A police source said on Saturday that at a closed hearing in Toulouse he had declared himself "proud" of his brother's killings and had admitted helping Mohammed steal the scooter used in all seven murders. He had denied any knowledge of his brother's murderous plans, however.

 

 

 

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