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Two men armed with knives took several hostages in a church in France's Normandy.

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 Cinnamon    24,385

The correspondent of the RTL Frederic Veille reports that between four and six people were being held in a church of Saint Etienne du Rouvray in the northern Normandy region.

RTL correspondent reported from the scene via Twitter "many shots heard" and "several injured".



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 Cinnamon    24,385

Normandy: Jihadist Mosque Next Door to Beheaded Priest’s Church

The more details that emerge surrounding the gruesome lethal attack on a priest in northern France Tuesday, the more it appears that the attack could have been foreseen and perhaps prevented.

On Tuesday morning, two jihadists associated with the Islamic State entered the parish church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy while 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel was celebrating Mass in the company of several members of the parish. The assailants seized Father Hamel and slit his throat before taking the other members of the congregation as hostages.

It turns out that the parish Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, the site of the assault, was on an Islamic State hit list recovered from suspected jihadist Sid Ahmed Ghlam, in April 2015. The 24-year-old Ghlam was arrested by French police, who believe he was a terrorist planning imminent attacks in France under the direction of Islamic State leaders.

At the time, an arsenal of weapons was discovered in Ghlam’s car as well as at his student residence, which included Kalashnikov rifles, a police-issue pistol, and a number of bullet-proof vests. Ghlam is currently in a high-security prison awaiting trial for numerous crimes including murder, attempted murder, association with criminals with a view to commit crimes and other infractions connected to a terrorist organization.

After the arrest, police discovered a list of Catholic sites to be targeted by Islamic State terrorists, which included the location of Tuesday’s attack.




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 roamer    866

Another attacker who was well known to the police.



Prosecutors have confirmed the identity of one of the attackers who stormed a French church on Tuesday as Adel Kermiche.

Kermiche, 19, was a local youth whose behavior had been reported to authorities by his parents. He tried to reach Syria twice in 2015 and was under strict electronic surveillance by French authorities. He was required to check in with police once a day.

Armed Men Who Took Hostages in French Church Kill Priest Before Being Detained

The French anti-terror prosecutor is still attempting to identify the second attacker.



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 Lucy Barnable    5,361

France "Is On Verge Of Civil War" Security Chief Warns Feckless Hollande

Just a week ago, French General Directorate for Internal Security Patrick Calvar told members of the French parliamentary commission that thanks to the increasing frequency of sexual assaults by islamic migrants, "Extremism is growing everywhere... We are on the brink of civil war." Now, in the wake of the Nice terror attacks that left 84 people dead with over 300 others wounded, Calvar is doubling down warning an increasingly questioned Hollande that an inevitable confrontation between the far right and Muslims looms, posing more of a threat than terrorism.


He cites sexual assaults as the reason but I think beheading a priest is also a darn good reason to expel the Muslim monsters.

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