Friday 15 December 2017

Isis posts video 'showing two Normandy priest murderers pledging allegiance'

Adel Kermiche, left, with another man, in a still from a video published by the Isis propganda agency Amaq, in which it is claimed the pair pledged allegiance to the group
Adel Kermiche, left, with another man, in a still from a video published by the Isis propganda agency Amaq, in which it is claimed the pair pledged allegiance to the group

Isis has released a video of the two French attackers who brutally murdered an elderly Catholic priest in Normandy allegedly pledging allegiance to the terror group.

Both men speak in Arabic and refer to Isis’ leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the film released by the group’s Amaq propaganda agency on Wednesday. 

One of the attackers holds a sign with the Isis flag printed on it.

Father Jacques Hamel, 86, who had served the local area for decades, had his throat slit after a pair of attackers stormed a Normandy church during a morning mass at around 10am local time on Tuesday, taking the priest, two nuns and several members of the congregation hostage.

A nun who was in the church – identified as Sister Danielle – said the priest was forced to the ground before his throat was slit.

One of the attackers has been identified as 19-year-old Adel Kermiche by French police. It is understood he had attempted to reach Syria twice to join Isis.

Isis issued a claim of responsibility for the attack minutes after the French President François Hollande said the militant group had declared war on his country and that the government would fight the group “with all means possible”.

It called the two attackers “soldiers of the Islamic State”, echoing statements on the recent attacks in Nice, Ansbach and Wurzburg.

The killing is the latest in a wave of attacks in Europe in recent weeks. There have been at least three Islamist terror incidents in Germany in the past week and the events in Nice on 14 July where a lorry driver ploughed a car into the Bastille Day crowd killing 84 people.

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