France / 09-07-2012
Toulouse killer: I'm not afraid of death
French TV airs audio recordings of police negotiations with Islamist shooter Mohamed Merah; 'I am a determined, I did not do it to get caught,' he tells police
French television channel TF1 aired Sunday for the first time an audio discussion between Toulouse killer Mohamed Merah and the police during the 32-hour siege on his apartment. Merah was shot in the head in a gunfight at the end of the standoff.
In the recordings, Merah claims to be ready to continue his killing spree, saying he had links to al-Qaeda and organized crime groups. Merah also told the police how he managed to escape the intelligence services.
"I am a determined, I did not do it to get caught, you see. We are negotiating…Don't forget I am armed, I know what will happen; I know how you operate," he told the negotiator.
"I know you could shoot me, it's a risk I have to take. So now, know that in front of you, you have a man who is not afraid of death, my death. You love life," he added.
In the four-and-a-half-hour negotiations, Merah described his contacts with "brothers" from al- Qaeda in Pakistan, but also talked about the liberated lifestyle he had adopted: "It's part of the trick, you see," he told the negotiator.