On Tuesday, July 26th, a deadly terrorist attack in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France killed an 86-year-old Catholic priest.
Two men took five people hostage during morning Mass. The priest, identified as Jacques Hamel, was stabbed in the chest and had his throat slit. Three nuns and two churchgoers were also taken hostage.
Both attackers were shot dead after leaving the church. One man has been identified as Adel Kermiche who was 19 years old. He was wearing an electronic tag after being placed under ‘judicial control’ in March 2015 for trying to use his brother’s ID to go to Syria. Two months later, he went to Syria by using his cousin’s ID. He was later detained until March 18th, 2016 but was released under house arrest with that monitoring ID tag. The other attacker has not been identified.
One of the men was wearing a fake explosive belt and the other had a kitchen timer he used as a fake bomb. Police tried to negotiate through the door, but were unsuccessful because of the hostage situation.
French President Francois Hollande confirmed this was an attack in the name of ISIS. France is still grieving after the Bastille Day terror attack that left 84 people dead. Hollande is urging everyone to remain unified at this time.