ISIS blamed attack at a church in northern France, a priest was killed


The President François Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve  visited immediately the town in Normandy where the attack occurred. “They jumped on him with their knives”, the eyewitnesses described the moment when Rev. Jacques Hamel, the church’s auxiliary priest, was stabbed to death just after Mass was celebrated. The National Police urged residents via Twitter to keep away from the scene and not enter a security perimeter that had been established around the church. A police bomb squad searched the church to make sure it had not been booby-trapped with explosive devices. “We are facing a group, Daesh, that has declared war on us,” the President Hollande said, using the Arabic name for the Islamic State. “We must realize that the terrorists will not give up until we stop them. It is our will. The French must know that they are threatened, that we are not the only country – is, as well as others – and that their strength lies in their unity.” Pope Francis, at Vatican, issued “the most severe condemnation of all forms of hatred.”


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