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Family of French policeman killed decries images of slaying

The family of a French Muslim police officer killed in a massacre has expressed anger at the viral spread of images of his death.

world Updated: Jan 11, 2015 00:51 IST
AP
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The family of a French Muslim police officer killed in a massacre has expressed anger at the viral spread of images of his death.

Ahmet Merabet was killed at an attack on newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday by two men linked to al-Qaida in Yemen.

His partner described seeing the images on television in a restaurant without realizing it was him. Video taken by an onlooker that surfaced on the Internet shows what appears to be a wounded Merabet on the pavement raising a hand as though appealing for mercy before he was fatally shot in the head.

A brother of Merabet, in tears, made an appeal to "all the racists, Islamophobes, anti-Semites" to stop attacking innocent people. He spoke in footage shown on i-Tele television, which did not identify the speakers by name.

First Published: Jan 11, 2015 00:46 IST