France’s Sarkozy pledges terror crackdown

France’s Sarkozy pledges terror crackdown

PanARMENIAN.Net - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said an investigation has begun to see if the radical Islamic gunman Mohamed Merah, who died after jumping from a window during a police siege, had any accomplices, Belfast Telegraph reported.

Merah was suspected of killing three schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers. He had travelled to Afghanistan and Pakistan for training.

Sarkozy said that anyone who regularly visits "websites which support terrorism or call for hate or violence will be punished by the law".

The president promised a crackdown on anyone who goes abroad "for the purposes of indoctrination in terrorist ideology".

The Islamic extremist who boasted of killing seven people died today after jumping from his window, gun in hand, in a fierce shootout with French police.

Interior Minister Claude Gueant said the suspect, who claimed links to al Qaeda, jumped out after police entered the Toulouse apartment and found him holed up in the bathroom.

The death of Mohamed Merah, 23, ended a more than 32-hour siege with an elite police squad trying to capture him alive.

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