Toulouse terrorist’s family alleges he was intentionally killed
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Toulouse terrorist’s family alleges he was intentionally killed

Family files lawsuit accusing the elite RAID police force of eliminating Merah instead of capturing him alive and letting him speak out

A masked police officer searches for clues at Mohamed Merah's apartment building in Toulouse in March. (Remy de la Mauviniere/AP)
A masked police officer searches for clues at Mohamed Merah's apartment building in Toulouse in March. (Remy de la Mauviniere/AP)

PARIS (AP) — The family of a French gunman who targeted a Jewish school and was later shot dead by police has filed a lawsuit suggesting he was intentionally killed.

Prosecutors say Mohamed Merah killed three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three French paratroopers in a rampage in March that shocked the country. Police say Merah died in a shootout with police after a 32-hour standoff at his apartment in the southern city of Toulouse.

Algerian lawyer Zahia Mokhtari and French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre filed the lawsuit in the main Paris courthouse Monday for “murder with aggravating circumstances.”

Coutant-Peyre says the suit does not name anyone specifically, but suggested that the family is accusing the elite RAID police force of intentionally killing Merah instead of capturing him alive and letting him speak out.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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