Al-Jazeera not to air video of French attacks

Video footage filmed by the French gunman Mohamed Merah during his bloody shooting spree was sent to the Al Jazeera television network.

Paris: Al-Jazeera says it will not air a video that appears to show the attacks on soldiers and a Jewish school in south-western France from the killer’s point of view.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, other French officials and family members of the victims had asked for the footage not to be broadcast.

The television station received the footage on a USB key sent with a letter to their Paris office.

Police traced the attacks to 23-year-old Frenchman Mohamed Merah who was killed last week after a more than 30-hour standoff with police at his apartment building.

Prosecutors have said that Merah filmed all of his attacks, which began March 11 with the murder of a French soldier. Before the spree ended, two more soldiers and three Jewish children and a rabbi were killed.

Bureau Report

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