ISIS has claimed an attack on a Catholic church in Normandy, France. It was in the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray parish. It was reported that knife-wielding attackers interrupted a church service on Tuesday. They forced the 85-year-old priest, Father Jacques Hamel, to his knees and slit his throat.
The attack was carried out against a church, whose sister parish St. Theresa?s, donated a plot of land for a mosque that is also in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. The mosque was inaugurated in 2000 and an imam in the mosque is also a friend of Father Jacques Hamel.
The church that ISIS scum attacked today in France donated a plot of land for building a mosque in 2000 https://t.co/nOP1j3qz2e
— ?yad el-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) July 26, 2016
In a report by France 24, Mohammed Karabila the imam of the mosque in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray was quoted to say that he was ?appalled? by the death of his friend. Karabila is also the president for the Regional Muslim Council. Karabila revealed that Father Hamel and he had been part of a local interfaith committee for the past 18 months and both participated in several public ceremonies quite recently. Mohammed Karabila added that Father Hamel was someone that dedicated his life to others.
Another shocking detail, as reported by Reuters, is that one of the assailants was supposed to be under tight surveillance but this did not stop him from conducting the attack. According to news agency, Amaq, two ISIS ?soldiers? had carried this out. One witness, a nun called Sister Danielle, said that they forced him to his knees and slayed the priest while filming themselves. She said that it was like a sermon in Arabic conducted around the altar.
— Sanam Shantyaei (@SanamF24) July 26, 2016
The said man that was supposed to be under tight surveillance was 19-year-old Adel Kermiche. He is a local man who was flagged by intelligence services after failed attempts to go to Syria for Jihad. Kermiche first traveled to Syria in March 2015 but was arrested in Germany. This caused him to be put under surveillance and he was prohibited to leave his local area.
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