ISIS celebrates the two Normandy Church killers online

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ISIS has released a picture purporting the show the two terrorists who slaughtered a French priest at the altar as he led mass.

Abdel Malik, along with Adel Kermiche cut the throat of Father Jacques Hammel at a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy yesterday.

The pair forced a man in the congregation to video the brutal killing of the 85-year-old on a phone before he was knifed in the neck, arms and back next to the altar.

The extremists then used nuns as human shields as they tried to escape but they were shot dead by police marksmen as they emerged from the building shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’.


Now the Amaq news agency, linked to ISIS has released a picture and a video which they say shows Malik and Kermiche, who carried out the killings.

In the footage they appear to pledge allegiance to the terror group and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The two bearded men, calling themselves noms de guerre Abu Omar and Abu Jalil al-Hanfai, hold hands as they swear ‘obedience’ to Baghdadi.


According to Amaq, the two were ‘soldiers of the Islamic State who carried out the attack in response to calls to target countries of the Crusader coalition’.

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