ISIS Members Behead Catholic Priest

Jul 26th, 2016 | By | Category: News Posts

Early this morning, July 26, two members of ISIS burst into a Catholic church in Normandy, taking a priest, two nuns and two parishioners hostage. Father Jacques Hamel was beheaded in the church and one other hostage is currently in the hospital with fatal injuries. According to reports, the

Father Jacques Hamel was beheaded by two men with ties to ISIS.

Father Jacques Hamel was beheaded by two men with ties to ISIS.

attackers, one of whom was dressed in traditional Islamic clothing, shouted “Allahu Akbar” as they fled from the church. The church in Saint-Etienna-du-Rouvray was one of many Catholic churches that appeared on a terror “hit list” found last April. The church is currently being searched for explosives.

The two knifemen held the five hostages for almost an hour before they were gunned down by police as they entered the

church’s courtyard. It is believed that these two men entered the church through a back entrance after 9 am, during the morning service. A third nun was able to escape and call for help. Unfortunately, by the time anti-terrorists officers were on scene, the two men had already slit the priest’s throat. The knifemen were shot by police around 11 am, but the name of the attackers has not been released the public yet. One of the attackers was a local resident who had previously been jailed in France for attempting to travel to Syria in 2015 to join ISIS.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on its Aamaq news agency, stating that the priest was executed by “two soldiers of the Islamic State,” adding that the attack was a direct result of ISIS’s plans to target countries fighting the terror organization.

French President Francois Hollande visited the scene of the attack and condemned the “vile terrorist attack”, insisting that France needs to fight a war

Police on the scene of the attack.

Police on the scene of the attack.

against ISIS “by all means.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, made a statement saying, “Evil attacks the weakest, denies truth and love, and is defeated through Jesus Christ. Pray for France, for the victims, for their communities.”

The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said “we are particularly shocked because this horrible violence took place in a Church, in which God’s love is announced, with the barbarous killing of a priest and the involvement of the faithful.” Pope Francis expressed his “pain and horror” at the incident, calling this a “barbaric killing.”

According the Vatican Radio, “Father Lombardi said the Pope is close to the Church in France, to the Archdiocese of Rouen, to the local community and to the French people.”

 

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