2 Islamic State Hostage Takers Killed After Slitting Priest's Throat In Assault On French Church

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In what appears to be the latest European terrorist attack which took place early on Tuesday morning, two men claiming allegiance to Islamic State killed a priest by slitting his throat and gravely injured another person during morning Mass at a church in a northern French town.  Investigators are treating the assault as a terror attack, the Paris prosecutor’s office said in a statement. French President François Hollande said that the attackers had claimed allegiance to the extremist group.

Men wielding knives entered the church in the small town of Saint Etienne du Rouvray in Normandy and took five hostages, including the priest, who was found with his throat cut, police said. Another person was left “between life and death,” a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said.

As the WSJ reports, a spokesman for the French Bishops Conference identified the priest as Jacques Hamel, the parish’s auxiliary priest. Police surrounded the church and shot the two men as they exited the building, said a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi branded the attack in Normandy a “barbarous killing” that “unfortunately has been added to the series of violence in recent days that has upset us.”

Pope Francis “is informed and shares the pain and horror of this absurd violence,” Father Lombardi said. Mr. Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve were on their way to the town, government officials said.

he Normandy attack came 12 days after a 31-year-old Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel plowed his heavy goods truck into a crowd of revelers in the French Riviera city of Nice, killing 84 people. Islamic State claimed that attack. 

"Horror. Everything is being done to trigger a war of religions," tweeted Jean-Pierre Raffarin, a former conservative prime minister who now heads the Senate's foreign affairs committee.

It isn’t the first time a church has been targeted in France. In April of last year, French police detained Sid Ahmed Ghlam, an Algerian suspected of having links with Islamic State and receiving instructions to attack a church.

The French government has strengthened security services since attacks in January and November last year and handed police special powers to conduct raids and detain suspects in their homes under a state of emergency, but has been unable to stop terrorist attacks. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has warned that the country will have to live with the threat.

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According to Hollande, the two terrorists were claimed by ISIS.


  • Two knifemen took several hostages during mass
  • They killed the 84-year-old priest, Jacques Hamel, with unconfirmed reports saying his throat was cut; they were then shot dead by police
  • Three churchgoers were also injured, one of them seriously
  • President François Hollande is heading to scene; Counter terror judges have been called in to investigate
  • Police searching church for explosives

Both attackers have been killed by police, an interior ministry spokesman confirmed to Reuters. The Paris anti-terrorist prosecutor is launching an investigation into the church attack and hostage-taking situation, the spokesman added

According to France 24, the attackers were armed with guns, and opened fire at the police while shouting "Allah Akbar"


Subsequent reports suggest that one of the suspects tried to travel to Syria last year.

The killed priest has been identified as 84 year old Jacques Hamel.

One resident was walking to church as the horror broke out. He told French newspaper MetroNews: "I was going to go out and do my shopping when the police started shouting me to go straight home and barricade myself.

"There is a lot of agitation, the police are bulletproof vest and armed."

While the motives of the hostage taking are still unclear it comes at a time when France is on high alert after a spate of recent terror attacks. 

Firefighters, along with SWAT and anti-terror units, came to the scene, and said that there were several people wounded in the attack, RTL France media outlet said.


The Vatican has condemned the "barbaric killing" of the priest in the attack, saying it was made even more heinous by the fact that it happened in a sacred place.

French President Francois Hollande is on his way to the site of the attack, according to an official statement from Elysee Palace. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is also headed to the scene of the hostage-taking, the ministry said.

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UncleChopChop's picture

why all of a sudden all the attacks? keep your eyes on bibi.. 

Arturo's picture

How much more are we going to take?

Supernova Born's picture

Don't these heathen know euro-douchebags don't give a single fuck about religion or clerics?

The hit to tourism on the other hand? That'll make the euro-douchebags get hissy-fit fussy and about ready to erase all the CCTV tapes in France.

petar's picture

This si Not "braking news" anymore.. It happens everyday in Western Europe and USA

gatorengineer's picture

Its not news unless someone covers it.  I double dog dare you to find it as a headline anywhere.  The media has been told to sit down and STFU......

StackShinyStuff's picture

Let me guess - Muslims?  Or should I read the article to confirm?

nmewn's picture

Naw, just another example of "workplace-violence".

The priest was at work.

847328_3527's picture

"Motive for the attack is still unknown...."

WordSmith2013's picture

There's only one way to correctly understand both the strategy and the MO behind these synthetic terror events.




Operation Gladio – Global Subversion
Here2Go's picture
Here2Go (not verified) WordSmith2013 Jul 26, 2016 6:15 AM

Well, Killary is gonna be damn pissed if they start the party without her.

Aristotle of Greece's picture
Aristotle of Greece (not verified) Here2Go Jul 26, 2016 6:25 AM

It's all False Flag Terrorism. http://bit.ly/2ajA1iR

AVmaster's picture

"France’s President François Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are on their way to the town"


This reminds me of Hudson from the movie aliens: 

Lieutenant Gorman: Hicks, meet me at the south lock. We're coming in. 
Corporal Hicks: Roger. 
Private Hudson: [to Vasquez] He's comin' in. I feel safer already. 
Private Vasquez: Pendejo jerk off... 

mtl4's picture

These upcoming crusades back into the promise land are going to need alot of weapons..........in case anyone is still looking for investment opportunities.

Hans-Zandvliet's picture

@Aristotl of Greece:

Indeed it is! As a standard procedure, nowadays I regard every and any terrorist attack a false flag, until proven otherwise, to drive us to war with Muslims, Russians, Blacks, Chinese, etc. It's the easiest way of making us forget about the real perpetrators, i.e. Wall Street Banksters, Military-Security-Industrial complex, Pharmaceutics, Agrobussiness and the likes. We've let them become way too powerfull and now they're preparing a coup on a global scale against humanity itself.

Before the debt driven money printing ponzy scheme comes crashing down and ruins the lives of most people on Planet Earth, the real perpetrators need a scapegoat to distrackt our attention. These so caled 'terror attacks' are carried out by NATO's Gladio B to terrorise us into submission and take away all our civil liberties and turn us into serfs again! Then they can push through their 'trade agreements' and overrule any sovereign legislation that protects the wellbeing, safety and rights of consumers, workers, the environment, etc. This is Disaster Capitalism at work: welcome to the New World Order!

They have now ratcheted up their false-flag 'terror attacks' to a weekly frequency. It can't get much worse than this before something has to give. Something is comming and I wonder if it can be delayed until the US elections.

American Psycho's picture

The religion of peace strikes again.

Tarshatha's picture

I haven't heard the "Religion of Peace" mantra out of the (((media))) for quit a while.

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

A total and complete ban on the assault weapons they're using should do the trick.
Long live the spork!

Aristotle of Greece's picture
Aristotle of Greece (not verified) 847328_3527 Jul 26, 2016 6:26 AM

Watch bibi for sure.

piliage's picture

I'm waiting for the always effective US State Department hash tag campaign to address this

JamesBond's picture

ISIL isn't winning major battles on the field or taking realestate anymore to crow about.  Hence the need for increased 1 to 4 person cells to carry out attacks agains civillans; preferably with political and/or religions connections.  It seems these cells are told to work independently but to be sure and leave a message affirming allegance to Islam.  All the dots seem to link....  not sure ISIL leadership thinks a kill ratio of 2 fighters to 2 victims is great... but hey...  virgins in heavan and all that sick shit...


Crash Overide's picture

Religion of peace!

Allah snack bar mother fucker!

WordSmith2013's picture



Another example of:
Operation Gladio: The Model for Radical 'Islamic' Terrorism Manufactured by NATO and the AAA Worldwide---24/7.
Took Red Pill's picture

Japan, now this! We need knife control! Ban large knives, waiting period to buy knives, license and regulate them. Can only sell dull butter knives.

nmewn's picture

I thought this was kind of a weird statement...prolly not vetted by the Pope before it's issuance by "some rogue" cardinal...

"The Vatican has condemned the "barbaric killing" of the priest in the attack, saying it was made even more heinous by the fact that it happened in a sacred place."

...I thought the Pope was all about building bridges ;-)

RealityCheque's picture

everything you need to do, legally, with a knife can also be achieved with a spork.

Problem solved, world peace attained!

Never One Roach's picture

Moar "Safe Spaces" needed in France.

Tall Tom's picture







It might actually be nice to see them take them alive and TRY THEM IN A COURT...


Perhaps once???


This is just getting too old as DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES.

SilverSphinx's picture

berserker Baptists?

contankerous Catholics?

marauding Methodists?

piqued Presbyterians?

It's up for grabs.


Surely not murderous acolytes of the demon possessed pedophile prophet of islam, again!

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Wow, there is really fucking NOTHING out there on this... 

Grumbleduke's picture

it is reported in german media, but not very "loud"...

More Ammo's picture

Braking vs Breaking? hmm Freudian slip?

sun tzu's picture

Islimists are like venomous snakes. The elitists welcomed them into the west. Both must be wiped out

rbg81's picture

Obviously an 86 year old priest offended Islam....by daring to breathe in his home country.

CheapBastard's picture

It would be interesting if priests and ministers start the counter force against the muslim invaders while th elimp-wristed french people sit there and get slaughtered and the politicians simply continue with their 7-course dinners and PC speeches.


The Knights of France.....defenders of the people!

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TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) MagicHandPuppet Jul 26, 2016 6:57 AM

Before they died rumor is they screamed S&P 3000...

piliage's picture

Wow! I admit, this made me burst out laughing, but God damn you're a dark humored mother fucker.

DeadFred's picture

It's true that this would not have happened in a priest-free zone.

Al Gophilia's picture

Time to roll out the deportation cannons.


Or cue the deportation lawyers. They must be rubbing their slimy hands in gleeful anticipation.

wildbad's picture

soon, very soon now, the unarmed peoples of europe will realize that the dream state in which they have been living is over.

the disarmament programs pushed through by their leaders (Führers) will be seen for the hollow promise of protection from above which they are.

they will arm themselves in many different ways and will be on the lookout for the enemy, whether the Allahu akbar type or the politician type.

Germany is now planning to CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION to allow Military Troops onto the streets to "protect" the citizens against terror.

Who will protect the citizens against the terror of the state other than themselves?

MFL8240's picture


EuroPox's picture

If you want to know 'how much people will take' - just think of North Korea (or the old Eastern Europe).  People will take shitloads!  In fact they will become totally subjugated to an oppressive state.  The Evil Union has its model....

BarkingCat's picture

Wrong example. Eastern Europe and Korea was not attacked like this by invading hordes of barbarians who are of a completely different ethnic group. 

You do not see this crap going on in Eastern Europe because Eastern European men (and women) have not been made "progressive" enough yet. They would have started to kill these foreigners long before now instead of standing outside like compete morons with homemade "Refugees Welcome" signs.

Supernova Born's picture

Look what has happened in the United States without a meaningful reaction.

We are on the precipice of 2nd world and lower oblivion, yet the outcome is still very much in doubt.

rbg81's picture

Eastern Europe is the wrong example.  True, they took it for decades, but they were essential occupied by the Soviets.  Once the Soviet Union started to disentegrate they threw off their oppressive yoke pretty quickly and in some cases violently.  Think about what happened in Romania.  Unlike in places like France, the Eastern Europeans are still men.