The Sun
23 March 2012

Siege cops yesterday shot dead the al-Qaeda maniac who massacred seven people — as French anti-terror chiefs were criticised for leaving him at large.

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By Andy McNab

There are three crucial things you need in a hard arrest like this — speed, aggression and surprise. You have got to enter in numbers and swamp the battle space in an instant.

If you go in quick enough, and with plenty of aggression, there are enough non-lethal weapons out there to take someone alive.

But it seems the command and control of this siege operation lacked all those things.

And as a result the lives of the police were put in danger.

By the time they made their move this bloke was ready and waiting.

Once they had lost the element of surprise they were up against it — and it looks like it cost them.