ISIS claims French Priest Beheading
July 26, 2016
UPDATE: ISIS has claimed through their Amaq news agency that the church attackers were “two soldiers of the Islamic State”.
The beheaded priest has been named as Father Jacques Hamel, 84, a clergy member of Saint Etienne du Rouvray Church, located in the French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen, Normandy.
French President Francois Hollande confirmed that the attackers had claimed allegiance to ISIS in speech on from Rouen.
The Daily Sun is reporting that the church was on a terrorist ‘hit list’ which French police have known about since April 2015, andYnet reports one of the knifemen tried to travel to Syria in 2015.
After beginning the raid on the Catholic mass at 9am, and holding hostages for approximately 40 minutes, the two ‘bearded’ attackers were shot and killed by police after emerging from the church shouting ‘Daesh’, another name for ISIS.
A third suspect has reportedly been arrested outside the church.
One of the attackers was a convicted ‘electronic tag wearing’ terrorist living with his parent, according to security sources.
Two attackers killed a priest with a blade and seriously wounded another hostage in a church in northern France on Tuesday before being shot dead by French police.
There were no immediate details on the identity or motives of the two assailants but the investigation was handed to the anti-terrorist unit of the Paris prosecutor’s office.
A police source said it appeared that the priest had his throat slit attempting to behead. The Vatican condemned what it said was a “barbarous killing”.
“At one point, the two assailants came out of the church and that’s when they were killed by the BRI elite force,” Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told France Info radio, referring to France’s specialized police group.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls branded the attack “barbaric” and said it was a blow to all Catholics and the whole of France.
“We will stand together,” Valls said on Twitter.
The attack is the latest in a string of deadly assaults in Europe.
In France, the Normandy attack comes 12 days after a 31-year-old Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel plowed his heavy goods truck into a crowd of revelers in the French Riviera city of Nice, killing 84 people. Islamic State claimed that attack.
The knifemen launched their assault by taking five people hostage inside the church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, south of Rouen.
Interior Ministry spokesman Brandet confirmed one of the hostages had been killed and said another was critical.
French President Francois Hollande was on his way to the site of the attack.
“Horror. Everything is being done to trigger a war of religions,” tweeted Jean-Pierre Raffarin, a former conservative prime minister who now heads the Senate’s foreign affairs committee.
(By Marine Pennetier and Chine Labbé PARIS (Reuters) – Additional reporting by Michel Rose; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Michel Rose/Jeremy Gaunt)
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