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The Muslim terrorists filmed it all and said a prayer in Arabic at the alter. Obama is setting America up for the same horrors as he floods towns and cities across the U.S. with tens of thousands of unvetted Muslims.
A parish priest has been killed after having his throat cut by two knife-wielding hostage-takers who stormed a French church in a suspected terror attack.
The two attackers entered the Church of the Gambetta at around 9.45am local time (8.45am UK time) during morning prayers.
They took the priest, two nuns and two worshippers hostage and local media reports suggest the knifemen shouted “Allahu Akbar” on the steps of the church.
ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack.
It has since emerged the church was on a ‘kill list’ of a suspected ISIS terrorist arrested in Paris last April for allegedly plotting “imminent attacks” in France.
The hour-long armed stand-off was ended when the hostage-takers were shot dead.
Police found the body 84-year-old priest Jacques Hamel inside the church.
Mr Hamel was the assistant parish priest and was leading services while the parish priest was on holiday this week.
One of the worshippers is said to be “between life and death” as they fight for their life in hospital after suffering serious injuries.
A statement released by ISIS’ Amaq news agency said: “The two executors of the attack on a church in Normandy, France, are soldiers of the Islamic State.
“They executed the operation in response to calls to target countries belonging to the crusaders’ coalition.”
The Vatican has described the attack as a “barbarous killing” made even worse as it was carried out in a “sacred place”.
The incident is being treated as a suspect terror attack and the anti-terror of the French prosecutor’s office have now launched an investigation into the attack.
Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray was one of a number of Catholic churches on a terrorist ‘hit list’ found on a suspected Isil terrorist.
France’s Interior Ministry confirmed the priest and two hostage-takers had died at the scene.
A local police source said the men stormed a back entrance of the church before taking the hostages.
Prise d’otages dans une église de Saint Etienne du Rouvray ! Police GIPN et militaires mission vigipirate sur place pic.twitter.com/Wz1zbwHK5F
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Interior Ministry Spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told a press-conference at the scene that sniffer dogs are searching the area for potential booby traps.
He said: “We face a dramatic situation that we have to face up to once again, less than two weeks following the Nice tragedy.
“The investigation will continue throughout the day. We are at the start of the operation. The priority was to make sure we got the assailants and rescued as many hostages as possible.
“Unfortunately the toll has been extremely high. One person was assassinated and another was seriously injured.”
Blood on the court’s hands: France priest killer was terrorist on electronic tag curfew living with his parents
One of the Normandy church murderers was a convicted terrorist who was meant to be living with his parents with an electronic tag on his ankle, according to security sources.
The astonishing revelation – made to the French TV news channel I-Tele – well cause further outrage in a country devastated by constant security failings.
Two attackers were shot dead by police commandos during the siege at Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray this morning, and their identities are already known to the authorities.
One, who lived close to the church, is said to have left for Syria in 2015 to try and join Islamic State, but he was arrested in Turkey.
He was jailed for terrorist offences following a short trial in France, before being released on March 2nd this year.
Bail conditions included returning to live with his parents, wearing an electronic tag, and reporting to his local police station.
According to his bail conditions, the electronically tagged terrorist was allowed out unsupervised between 8.30am and 12.30pm.
Today’s attack took place between 9.45am and 11am.
But this did not stop him becoming involved in today’s atrocity, in which Father Jacques Hamel, 86, had his throat cut.
Neither of the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray attackers have yet been named.
French security services have been regularly criticised for the way they allow known terrorists their freedom after being found guilty of crimes.
A 19-year-old known only as Adel K forced priest Jaques Hamel, 84, to his knees before taking a knife to his throat and attacking one of four other hostages which included two nuns and two parishioners.
It is understood Father Jaques was only at the church conducting morning mass because he was covering for the regular priest who was on holiday.
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous when talking to Le Figaro, said: ‘They came suddenly. They took space. They spoke Arabic. I saw a knife.
‘I left when they began to attack the father Jacques. I do not even know if they realized that I was leaving.’
The terrorists reportedly shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ before filming themselves carrying out the sick attack.
A nun who was in the church during Tuesday’s 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.
It comes as it also emerged that the building was one of a number of Catholic churches on a terrorist ‘hit list’ found on a suspected ISIS extremist last April.
Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, also expected to run for the presidency, said both major parties had failed on security.
‘All those who have governed us for 30 years bear an immense responsibility. It’s revolting to watch them bickering.’ she said on Twitter.
The beautiful sixteenth-century church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray is a French heritage monument, to which a tower was added in the 17th century.
More importantly, the church also “happened” to be right next door to the Yahiya mosque of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, whose best-known worshiper was the notorious French jihadist executioner Maxime Hauchard.
Hauchard, who appeared in a video of the beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig and 18 Syrian military captives in 2014, converted to Islam at the age of 17 and frequented the mosque of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, a stone’s throw from the parish church.
On Wednesday, the IS-affiliated Amaq news agency released a video allegedly showing the church attackers sitting on a floor, clasping hands, and pledging allegiance to the group.
One of the hostages at the church, an 86-year-old woman, said Wednesday that the attackers had handed her husband Guy a cellphone and demanded that he take photos or video of the priest – 85-year-old Rev. Jacques Hamel – after he was slain. Her husband was then slashed in four places by the attackers and is now hospitalized with serious injuries.
The woman, identified only as Jeanine, told RMC radio that her husband played dead to stay alive. Two nuns were held hostage along with the couple and the priest.
“The terrorists held me with a revolver at my neck,” she said, adding it was not clear to her now whether the weapon was real or fake. “He (the priest) fell down looking upwards, toward us.”
The Paris prosecutor, Francois Molins, said the two attackers had knives and fake explosives – one a phony suicide belt covered in tin foil.
Kermiche was detained outside France, sent home, handed preliminary terrorism charges and placed under house arrest with a tracking bracelet, allowing him free movement within the region for four hours a day, Molins said.
A police official told The Associated Press that the bracelet was deactivated during those four hours, allowing Kermiche to leave the family home without raising alarms. The official was not publicly authorized to speak about the case.
The prosecutor’s office said Wednesday the second attacker has not been formally identified. In addition, police detained a 16-year-old whom Molins said was the younger brother of a young man who traveled to the Syria-Iraq zone of the Islamic State group carrying Kermiche’s ID. He was still being questioned Wednesday.
Hollande, meanwhile, presided over a defense council and Cabinet meeting in Paris after speaking with Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim and Jewish leaders.
In the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, young and old were stunned by the attack.
An 18-year-old neighbor said he had seen Kermiche just three days earlier in nearby Rouen wearing a long Islamic robe.
When he heard about the church attack, “I knew it was him, I was sure,” the young man told the AP, identifying himself only as Redwan. He said Kermiche had told him and others about his efforts to get to Syria and “he was saying we should go there and fight for our brothers.”
“We were saying that is not good. And he was replying that France is the land of unbelievers,” Redwan said.
Pope Francis, visiting Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day celebrations, said of the slaying of the priest, “It’s war, we don’t have to be afraid to say this.”
He then clarified to say, “I am not speaking of a war of religions. Religions don’t want war. The others want war.”
Why didn’t the neighbor tell police? Is the Pope finally suggesting that Islam is not a religion?