French priest murdered and worshipper injured in latest attack

A Priest has had his throat slit in a terrifying attack in France.

Two men allegedly armed themselves with knives and stormed a church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

They took the 86-year-old priest, three nuns and two worshippers hostage.


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One of the nuns managed to get away and phoned police.  When they got there they tried to negotiate with the hostage-takers through a small door.

The officers weren’t able to force their way in as the men had lined up three hostages in front of the door.

Later two nuns and one worshipper left the church followed by the two attackers, one carrying a handgun, who charged police shouting “Allahu Akbar” which means God is greatest.

French Prosecutor Francois Molins said both attackers had on them a “fake explosive device covered in aluminium foil”.

The priest was found dead with his throat slit, and an 86-year-old worshipper had severe knife wounds, said Molins.

Molins identified one of two jihadists as 19-year-old Adel Kermiche.

Kermiche was known to security services, having twice been arrested on his way to Syria, and was under house arrest and wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet at the time of the attack.

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