ISIS Strikes French Church, Priest Beheaded During Mass

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ISIS Strikes French Church, Priest Beheaded During Mass

Update: One of the attackers was identified as 19 year old Adel Kermiche. He was known to police because his terms of bail were that his monitoring bracelet (yes, folks he was on home monitoring) could be deactivated for a few hours every day. Just enough time to murder a priest.

The attackers had 3 knives and a fake explosives belt, as well as a kitchen timer wrapped in aluminum foil.

Original Article:

It was a bloody carnage at Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray’s Catholic Church Tuesday morning. Sky News reported that their Priest was beheaded during Mass, and several hostages taken. One person is clinging to life, possibly a nun. The attackers, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, were shot dead by police. Media reports that one other person has been detained in connection with the attack.

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Murdered at the altar

The attack took place Tuesday morning in the Normandy region of France. Father Jacques Hamel, 86, was celebrating the mass when the two men entered through the back door of the church. They took the Priest, two nuns and two parishioners hostage. They then forced the Priest to his knees and beheaded him  at the altar.

They videoed the entire slaughter.

 “They forced him to his knees. He wanted to defend himself. And that’s when the tragedy happened. They recorded themselves. They did a sort of sermon around the altar, in Arabic. It’s a horror.” Sister Danielle

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Father Jacques Hamel

After an hour long siege with police, both murderers were shot and killed as they exited the church while shouting “allahu akbar.”

“[ISIS] has declared war on us. We must fight this war by all means, while respecting the rule of law — what makes us a democracy.” Francoise Hollande, President of France

ISIS plans

The names of the attackers have not been released. The church was reportedly on a “hit list” discovered in April of 2015 during the arrest of Sid Ahmed Ghlam, who was believed to be planning a series of “imminent attacks” on French churches. He is currently in a maximum security facility.

Someone obviously picked up that plan and ran with it.

The person arrested has not been identified, nor has their part in this incident been released. Police have stated that one of the attackers was on their radar because he traveled to Turkey and security officials were notified. Too late.

The Sun wrote of the arrest of Ghlam in 2015:

Investigators believe he was a terrorist planning ‘imminent attacks’ in France on the instructions of ISIS leaders.

Investigators found an arsenal of weapons in Ghlam’s car, which was parked nearby, and at his student accommodation.

It included Kalashnikovs, a police-issue pistol, and a number of bullet-proof vests.

Documents found at his flat and in a search of his computer and telephone, suggested Ghlam was in contact with a French speaker in Syria who had ordered him to carry out attacks on churches.

These included the Sacre-Couer basilica in Paris, and places of worship including the one in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray targeted today.

 

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