Facebook removed the page paying tribute to the al Qaeda-linked French gunman Mohamed Merah Thursday. The page was created soon after the French police killed Merah who confessed to gunning down seven people, including three Jewish children, a rabbi and three police men, in a raid.

The page was removed after a request from the French interior ministry, the AFP reported, quoting the ministry officials.

The page reportedly had a picture of the young killer who claimed to be trained by al Qaeda and was titled Homage to Mohamed Merah, the AFP report said.

More than 500 people viewed the page in the few hours that it was available on the site before it was taken off. There were many comments criticizing the police and supporting Islamic extremism.

Alhough the homage page was removed, there still exists a Facebook page on Merah that has more than 4,165 followers. This page with his name as title doesn't have any photograph or active posts.

The page just shows related posts and a Wikipedia article on Merah, but one can still like this page.

Merah's murderous rampage included three schoolchildren and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse, southwest France, earlier this week. He also allegedly killed three police officers, before the police shot him down.

Merah had said that he killed the Jewish children to avenge the killings of Palestinian children by Israel, evoking public outrage in France against Islamic extremism.