Men who blended in with the community in France surprised everyone when they spazzed out and went on a killing spree. The men stormed into the church and in the name of Allah stole a priest’s life, they filmed themselves slitting his throat before moving onto their next victims. Two of the killers were shot by policemen and killed on the spot. The police then moved their attention to the search for hidden bombs. Here’s what they found…
French president Francois Hollande, who visited the scene today, said the country is ‘at war’ with ISIS after the terror group claimed responsibility for the brutal attack.
One of the extremists who stormed into the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen during mass was a French 19-year-old, who was being monitored by electronic tag after twice attempting to join fanatics in Syria. Unbelievably, his bail terms allowed him to be unsupervised between 8.30am and 12.30pm – the attack happened between 9am and 11am.
This afternoon it emerged that the murdered clergyman was deputising while the regular parish priest was on holiday. French authorities say they have arrested a third man in connection with the attack.
It was also revealed that the Catholic church was on a terrorist ‘hit list’ found in the apartment of a suspected ISIS extremist last April.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy called for a ‘merciless’ response to the killing while ‘horrified’ ex Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said he feared ‘everything is being done to trigger a war of religions’.
A nun who was in the church during the attack said the priest was forced to the ground before his throat was slit.
‘They forced him to his knees. He wanted to defend himself. And that’s when the tragedy happened,’ said the nun, identified as Sister Danielle.
‘They recorded themselves. They did a sort of sermon around the altar, in Arabic. It’s a horror,’ she told BFM television.
ISIS has already claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement published by its Aamaq news agency. It said the killing was carried out by ‘two soldiers of the Islamic State.’ It added the killing was in response to its calls to target countries of the US-led coalition which is fighting ISIS.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said this afternoon that one person has been detained in the investigation but gave no details on the identity or location. The spokeswoman spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.
French President Francois Hollande, visiting the scene of the attack, appealed for ‘unity’ in France, where political blame-trading has poisoned the aftermath of the Nice truck attack, the third major strike in the country in 18 months.
‘The threat remains very high,’ said Hollande. ‘We are confronted with a group, Daesh, which has declared war on us. We have to wage war by every means, (but through) upholding the law, which is because we are a democracy.’
Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, expected to enter a conservative primary soon for next year’s presidential election, jumped on the latest incident to accuse the Socialist government of being soft on terrorism.
‘We must be merciless,’ Sarkozy said in a statement to reporters. ‘The legal quibbling, precautions, and pretexts for insufficient action are not acceptable. I demand that the government implement without delay the proposals we presented months ago. There is no more time to be wasted.’
Catholic celebrations were taking place in a nearby district when everything happened. Maybe ISIS thugs are just party poopers, if they don’t get invited to the fun, they start their slaughtering spree. It just seems that they like to attack France and other countries on holidays and celebrations. Pray for France that they can overcome the many attacks they have endured these last couple months. Too bad Obama is our president, they could really use the backing of their supposed “allies”.
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