Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 02:05:22 AM EST
Located by the police early this morning in a residential area of Toulouse, and currently under siege, the 24-year-old killer of three paratroopers and a teacher and three children at a Jewish school is a local boy from a family in the Le Mirail banlieue.
Radio reports say he is talking a lot (also firing and has injured RAID police ie SWAT-type commando). He claims to be acting for Al Qaeda and the "moudjahiddin", and to have visited the tribal areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
More news as and when.
[UPDATE 7:27 22/03/2010] Still a standoff. Explosives used randomly by police to disorient, deafen, prevent sleep. The windows of the apartment blown out, water and electricity cut off. [9.00 CET]: it is unsure if Merah is still alive, no reaction from him for some hours.
[UPDATE 11.45] Merah shot dead in exchange of fire with police.
[editor's note, by Migeru]
Afew's updates in the comments are mostly taken from the live reporting
Morning, 22 March, follow Le Monde live feed, Libé seems to have gone to sleep.