Critics Slam Toulouse Shooter Raid

Thibault Camus / AP Photo

French police officers block the street in front of Mohamed Merah's apartment building in Toulouse, France, Thursday, March 22, 2012. Mohamed Merah, who boasted of killing seven people to strike back at France died after being shot in the head by police as he jumped out of his apartment after a fierce gunfight with police, authorities said. (AP Photo / Thibault Camus)

Amid a growing clamor of criticism over their handling of the siege that ended in the killing of Toulouse shooting suspect Mohamed Merah, French officials on Friday defended the RAID forces, an elite unit of the national police and denied that Merah acted in connection with any foreign terrorist groups. “Everything had been done to take Merah alive,” said Paris prosector François Molins. But that opinion has been ridiculed by Christian Prouteau, founder of a special forces unit of the national gendarmerie: “How did the best police unit not manage to take one man?” The French press is leading the charge for a fuller explanation of the raid.