An eldery priest in a Normandy, France town has been killed with a knife. This is an Islamic State (ISIS) attack…
A priest in his mid-80s was killed with a knife and another hostage seriously wounded on Tuesday in an attack on a church in northern France carried out by assailants linked to Islamic State.
Both attackers were shot dead by French police. Five people in all had been taken hostage. A police source said it appeared that the priest had his throat slit.
Speaking at the scene of the attack in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, French President Francois Hollande said France should “use all its means” in its war against the militant group, against which France has launched air strikes in Syria and Iraq.
The president called it a “dreadful terrorist attack” and told reporters the attackers had pledge allegiance to IS. The IS news agency Amaq said two of its “soldiers” had carried out the attack.
The Wall Street Journal adds more details:
The men, wielding knives, entered the church in the small town of Saint Etienne du Rouvray in Normandy and took five hostages, including the priest, an octogenarian who was found with his throat cut, police said. Another person was left “between life and death,” a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said.
A spokesman for the French Bishops Conference identified the priest as Jacques Hamel, the parish’s auxiliary priest.
Police surrounded the church and shot the two men as they exited the building, said a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.
These ISIS attacks are becoming a common occurrence in France, as the Islamic terrorist organization has grown in size and power. They are unafraid to strike in the West, and America doesn’t have a President who is willing to confront them.
This is a breaking news story. We will update as more details become available.