Rev 6:3-4 NCV When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" Then another horse came out, a red one. Its rider was given power to take away peace (prosperity, rest) from the earth and to make people kill each other (butcher, slaughter, to maim violently, in streets), and he was given a big sword (assassins sword, terrorist, loud, mighty, sore afraid).
A self-proclaimed jihadist and Al-Queda proponent died after a 32-hour standoff with French police. Mohamed Merah, 23, had taken responsibility for a 10-day shooting spree that included the murder of a rabbi and three Jewish children. He died after being shot in the head by a police sniper as he jumped through a first floor window. No police were killed in the siege but five officers suffered gunshot wounds.
Merah claimed he was acting for the honor of Islam and for French involvement in Afghanistan. He said the attack on the Jewish school and the murder of the children was in response to the deaths of Palestinian children.
He boasted to French police negotiators that he “brought France to its knees” and that his one regret was that he could not kill more people.
Merah had filmed his killings using a camera strapped to his body, at one point yelling “Allahu Akbar” while committing the murders.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Merah’s actions “terrorist attacks” and that he would be presenting a new series of anti-terrorism laws.