ISLAMIC STATE CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR FRENCH CHURCH ATTACK WHICH LEFT 84 YEAR OLD PRIEST DEAD

Jul 26, 2016

By Jane Brown

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A terror attack and hostage taking in northern France has ended with the death of a priest and the two hostage takers.

A claim of responsibility came in a statement by the ISIS-affiliated Aamaq news agency.  It said the attack near the Normandy city of Rouen was carried out by two soldiers of the Islamic State.  The statement added the attack was in response to its calls to target countries of the U.S. led coalition which is fighting the Islamic State.

French President Francois Hollande called it a vile terrorist attack and said its another sign that France is at war with ISIS, which has claimed a string of attacks on France.

Two attackers seized hostages in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen during mass, killing the priest who’s been identified as 84 year old Father Jacques Hamel. Another person inside the church was critically injured.

Police did manage to rescue three people from the church. The two hostage takers were killed after police arrived.

The incident comes as France is under high alert after the July 14th terror attack in Nice that killed 84 people.

Counter-terrorism expert Mubin Shaikh will offer his comments on this latest terror attack on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer after today’s noon news.

 

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