France deports Algerian father of Toulouse terrorist
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France deports Algerian father of Toulouse terrorist

Father of Mohamed Merah, who gunned down three Jewish children and a teacher in 2012, was refused residency permit in March

Mohamed Benallal Merah, the father of Mohamed Merah, who was estranged from his son and lives in Algeria, wanted his son buried in that country. (photo credit: AP)
Mohamed Benallal Merah, the father of Mohamed Merah, who was estranged from his son and lives in Algeria, wanted his son buried in that country. (photo credit: AP)

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

The father of Mohamed Merah, who shot dead three soldiers before gunning down three students and a teacher at a 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.

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.

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