The Muslim terrorist suspected of a grenade attack on a Jewish market was gunned down and killed by police in Strasbourg today and 11 other Muslims were detained in what prosecutors called a ‘vast anti-terrorist operation.’ The extreme violence used by the authorities in the face of Muslim extremism was praised by President Francois Hollande who ‘saluted the action of the police.’
EuroNews(H/T to all who sent this) The man, in his 30s, was gunned down after firing a .357 Magnum revolver as armed officers swarmed into his house in the eastern city of Strasbourg. He was shot in front of his veiled wife and their young child today.
Ten others including another gunman in Paris, were arrested during a nationwide anti-terrorist operation. All are believed to be linked to a Salafist group which is committed to waging a jihad across Europe. It follows Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old French Algerian with similar Salafism connections, shooting seven people, including four Jews, dead in the Toulouse area in March. At least three policemen were injured in today’s Strasboug raid, while others received direct hits to their bullet proof jackets and helmets.
Prosecutor Francois Molins said, “A vast anti-terrorist operation was conducted this morning.” He named the deceased as French citizen Jeremie Sidney, 33, who he said had spent two years in prison for drug-dealing and belonged to a radical Islamist movement. “Jeremie Sidney appeared to be a delinquent converted to radical Islam who belonged to a group suspected to want to enter into jihad,” Molins said.
Last week, the government said the terrorist threat to France remained high as it presented legislation that would allow police to arrest those believed to have been involved in terrorism-related activity outside French borders. Ten people detained by police, all French, included one of Sidney’s two wives – who had been in the apartment with her two young children during the raid – and three with criminal records for drugs, theft and violence, Molins said.
One man in the Paris region had just returned from morning prayers and was carrying a “ready to fire” 22-caliber pistol when police arrested him at his home, he said. An eleventh man was arrested on Saturday evening in Cannes, a judicial source told Reuters, calling the suspect “the last person targeted in today’s operations”.
During their searches, police found al Qaeda literature, 27,000 euros (21,872 pounds) in cash, munitions and a list of Israeli associations in Paris at the homes of suspects.