A Google translation of this March 23rd story from Republika Srpska’s “Fokus”:

Serial killer from Toulouse, French Algerian Mohamed Merah, who a few days [ago] killed seven people, recently spent time in Bosnia and in one of the many lectures on Islam, organized by the mysterious organization “Invitation to Paradise.”

This [for our paper] confirmed an unnamed official of a Western intelligence agency, who said that he attended a lecture…”Call to Heaven”, held last month [February] in Zavidovici.

“Merah [for] a long time maintained close contacts with a group of Algerians from Bosnia, of which the majority felt that they had long left the territory of this country,” says our source.

Remember those Algerians that Bosnia rounded up for us when we asked for them right after 9/11? And then regretted this betrayal of Muslims by Muslims? They’re just about all released from Guantanamo by now.

…[Terrorism expert] Dževad Galijašević [added] that intelligence indicates that in the last few months Merah contact[ed] with a former commander of the notorious “El Mujahedin” detachment from the composition of the Third Corps of the Bosnian Army of BiH, Abu al-Me’alijem.

“Last spring, Abu al-Me’ali was observed in Benghazi, where he joined the rebels, who fought against units of Libyan leader Muammar el Gaddafi. Upon completion of the Libyan revolution, ‘the young Osama,’ [as] U.S. intelligence officials called Abu al-Me’alija, again changed his address, but up to the last few months could not be traced. Apparently, he moved from Libya to the south of France where, among others, met Merah,” Galijašević said, adding that intelligence indicated that Abu al Me’ali [is] currently located in Montreal, Canada.

So among the al Qaeda-connected “rebels” in Libya was a former commander of the Bosnian Army’s El Mujahid unit. Much like this Mumbai attack suspect.

To Merah not accidentally stumbled upon Abu al-Me’alija, according [to] Dzevad Galijasevic, the data show that the Frenchman of Algerian origin for some time [was] present in the radical religious circles, and the intelligence report[s] that he had been trained in terrorist camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Merah was on the U.S. list of persons prohibited from traveling by air, on suspicion that he might cause a terrorist attack…Merah, according to the findings of U.S. intelligence [in] 2010 was in Afghanistan where he trained in Islamic camps, before being caught and returned to France.

Many who knew him say that the change in his behavior occur[red] overnight.

Merah became obsessed with violent video footage, showing torture and decapitation. He had a large amount of weapons, including several guns and was ready to kill, the act that he thought that they should do for the sake of their religion.

Mohamed Merah was also a serial killer, and was known to the police because of the small Toulouse criminal offense. The French government claims that in the past few months [he] was under surveillance, if not years - leading to questions [how] he managed to [evade] arrest. Interior Minister of France, Claude Gent, confirmed that he had close ties with the people who supported the jihad, and that he was a member of Al Qaeda eager to avenge the suffering of children in Palestine…

“He never wore a beard and advocated anti-Semitic attitudes. If he really is guilty, what he did was inexcusable and contrary to what the Koran teaches us,” said one of his close friends.

Lately, it seems, Bosnia has been scurrying to deport some of these characters on its own, without us pulling their teeth to do so. Two more Algerians and a Tunisian:

Bosnia deports ex-Islamist fighter to Algeria (March 21, AFP)

Bosnia Wednesday deported an Algeria-born former Islamist fighter to his homeland, the ministry for security said.

Frendi Omar represents “a threat to the national security” of Bosnia, the ministry said in a statement.

Omar had already been deported by Bosnian authorities in January 2010, but local police arrested him again in September 2011, following his illegal return to Bosnia, according to the statement.

Like hundreds of fighters from Islamic countries, known as mujahedeen, Omar fought with the Muslim-led Bosnian army during the 1992-1995 war.

He was a member of the notorious El Mujahed unit known for atrocities and criminal activities.

After the war he used several identities to avoid deportation, the ministry said.

Omar’s wartime comrade and fellow Noureddine Gaci, arrested along with him, was deported in January.

Another former member of the unit, Tunisian Karray Kamel Ben Ali, also known as Abou Hamza, was deported to Tunisia in October.