Muslim leader: Algeria doesn't want gunman's body

JOHANNA DECORSE Associated Press Published:

TOULOUSE, France (AP) -- Religious leaders say a young man who claimed responsibility for France's worst terror attacks in years will be buried in a Muslim cemetery near the southern city where he was killed in a gunfight with police.

Mohamed Merah told police he filmed himself killing three schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers in a spate of attacks earlier this month. Merah, who said he had links to al-Qaida, was shot in the head after a standoff with police last week.

His father wanted him buried in a family plot in Algeria. But Abdallah Zekri of the French Muslim Council, or CFCM, told The Associated Press that Algerian authorities refused for "reasons of public order." Zekri had been liaising with Algerian authorities in Toulouse.