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Gunman Merah buried in Toulouse after funeral row

Gunman Merah buried in Toulouse after funeral row
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His funeral was never going to be straightforward.

Algeria did not want the body of Mohamed Merah.

Then the Mayor of Toulouse urged a delay in plans to lay him to rest there, the city being the scene of the 23-year-old’s self-confessed killing spree.

But a deal was finally reached and a funeral took place late on Thursday at a cemetery on the outskirts of the city.

President Nicolas Sarkozy called for a quick end to the burial row surrounding the al-Qaeda inspired self-styled Islamist radical, a Frenchman of Algerian origin. His father had wanted him buried in the North African country.

Merah, killed by police after a siege at his apartment, confessed to shooting dead three soldiers, a rabbi and three Jewish children.

His grave is expected to remain unmarked to prevent it being attaked by some and turned into a site of pilgrimage by others.