Report: Woman Warned French Police Over Toulouse Shooter Years Before Killings


mohamed-merah-france-shooting-suspectA local French newspaper today published in-depth testimony of a woman claiming that she had warned authorities multiple times that the suspect in the Toulouse killings, Mohamed Merah, was a danger to the public.

The woman, who did not provide her real name, told Le Télégramme that upon discovering the suspect’s identity, she felt as though her “legs were cut off.” According to her, the fact that it was necessary for the deaths to occur in order to finally arrest Merah was a “huge misstep.” She further claimed that she had filed two complaints against the suspect, and returned and warned authorities several times to no avail.

The woman, who lives in the same neighborhood as Merah in Toulouse, told Le Télégramme that in the summer of 2010, the suspect attempted to recruit her son to jihad. The son, who at the time was 15 years old, was taken to the suspect’s car where he listened to a disc of preaching for holy war. He then drove her son to his apartment, where he presented him with a Koran and a large sword, and forced him to watch gruesome Al-Qaida videos in which women were shot and hostages in Afghanistan were beheaded.

“My son called me and we were finally able to get him out of there. He was there from 5 P.M. until midnight,” the woman said.

The mother filed a complaint with the police, which according to her caused Merah to become upset. “He came to the front of our home, threatened me and hit me. He said that I was an atheist and that I must pay like all the rest of France’s citizens,” she said.

She further stated that Merah claimed he would “wipe out all those who kill Muslims.” She stated that two days after the incident, Merah struck her son and daughter in the presence of eyewitnesses. However, no one intervened. The mother still has a copy of the complaint that was filed, as well as her daughter’s medical documents.

The woman also stated that the “true mind” behind the suspect was his brother Abdelkader, who is currently in police custody. “It is he who brainwashed [Merah] and often flew out of France,” she said.

{Haaretz/ Newscenter}


  1. Message from the mother of Bryan – Aaron ben Lea – a young man of 17, victim of the barbaric attack at Toulouse. Bryan received an explosive bullet, meaning a bullet which explodes inside the body in order to injure the vital organs. The percussion injured the center of his lungs and other vital organs and his arm. The doctors have done their utmost but fragments remain and his lungs are affected worst.

    They do not want to operate again because his condition is too fragile.


    He explained to his mother that he had the habit of going every morning before class to arrive early because he loved to deal with the smallest ones. That morning he was with the little Miriam and when he saw the gunman he sought to protect her by take her with him but the gunman succeeded in catching her by the hair. Bryan turned around and saw the weapon pointed at Miriam’s temple. He tried to flee but could not escape the bullet. When he regained consciousness, his first words were for Miriam, to learn if she was OK.

    Candles, prayers, Psalms, tsedaka (charity) … let’s mobilise to save his life.

  2. I did not have courage to call the family nor the Rabbi (he is from Antibes if someone wishes to).
    Yesterday he was in a very bad medical situation and doctors were worried he might not pass the night, but I can confirm today him being alive and in an induced coma.
    His name is Bryan Bijaoui, I do not have confirmation of his and his mother’s hebrew name.

    Thank you to everyone.