The Al Qaeda terrorist facing off police in his Toulouse home has thrown his Colt pistol out of the window of his apartment home but is probably still armed as police try to capture him alive. He has been identified as Mohammed Merah, 24, a Frenchman of Algerian origin.
According to one report, he said he will surrender in the afternoon. One police officer suffered serious wounds in a gunfight with the terrorist early Wednesday morning, and two others were wounded lightly.
French officials said the suspect had travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Police brought his mother to his apartment building, but she said she was unable to convince her son to surrender. The apartment is located one mile from the Otzar HaTorah Jewish day school, where the terrorist shot his vicitms.
Police have identified the Colt .45 caliber pistol with the weapon used in the attacks on the school in Toulouse and on French soldiers in the past two weeks. Three Muslim soldiers of North African origin were killed and one other was seriously wounded.
In the Toulouse murders, a rabbi and his two sons and the eight-year-old daughter of the school principal were gunned down at point-blank range. A 17-year-old student was critically wounded. They were buried in Jerusalem Wednesday morning.
Police want to capture the terrorist alive but fear that a dangerous situation has developed because of the number people in and around the four-story apartment building, located less than a mile from the Jewish school.
Residents of the building are terrified, according to British media, and several residents reportedly are hiding under their beds.
Approximately 300 police are involved in the police raid, in which three police officers have been wounded, one of them seriously.
Meanwhile, the Otzar HaTorah school reopened Wednesday for classes as the victims were being buried in Jerusalem.