Could Toulouse killer have been stopped sooner?


The role of the authorities in hunting the gunman who carried out the atrocities in Toulouse and Montauban in south-west France has come under the microscope since the main suspect was shot dead in a siege at his flat. Questions have been raised about how long it took to locate Mohamed Merah after the first attack, and to what extent the French intelligence agency had been monitoring him before the murders took place. Michel Deléan reports.

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Even before the long siege involving Toulouse shooting suspect Mohamed Merah reached its bloody climax, questions were being asked about the speed of the police investigation into the murders and the role of France's secret services in monitoring Merah and his activities.