Church attacker was under French police surveillance

July 27, 2016 1:30 am

Police officers stand guard on
July 26, 2016 near Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray church, where a priest was
killed earlier today in the latest of a string of attacks claimed by
Daesh. (AFP)

One
of the attackers in the recent church attack in was under close
police surveillance following two failed attempts to join Daesh in
Syria, says France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor.

On
Wednesday, 19-year-old Adel Kermiche and an unnamed second attacker
were killed by security forces following their exit from a church in
Normandy after killing a priest and taking several hostages. After the
incident, the Amaq  agency, which is affiliated to the Takfiri
terrorist group, announced that two of its members had launched the
attack.  
Kermiche was in
prison since May 2015 when he was detained for trying to reach Syria,
but was released in March despite rejection by Paris prosecutors, said
Francois Molins.
After his
release, he was forced to wear an electronic tag in order to be tracked
by the police and was only allowed limited hours outside his home.  
In
March 2015, Kermiche first tried to travel to Syria with his brother’s
identification card, but was halted by police in Germany after his
family notified authorities of his disappearance.
Following
the church incident, French President Francois Hollande released a
statement condemning it as a “vile terrorist attack” which was carried
out by Daesh.

Archbishop
of Rouen Dominique Lebrun (L) leaves after a meeting with French
President Francois Hollande on July 26, 2016 at the Elysee Palace in
Paris, after a priest was killed earlier today in the Normandy city of
Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. (AFP)

“Daesh
has declared war on us, we must fight this war by all means, while
respecting the rule of law, what makes us a democracy,” he later told
reporters.

The
incident comes as France is still reeling from the Bastille Day massacre
that claimed 84 lives in the city of Nice earlier this month.

Police
officers stand guard on July 26, 2016 near Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray
church, where a priest was killed earlier today in the latest of a
string of attacks claimed by Daesh. (AFP)

A
state of emergency has been in place in the country since last
November, when assailants struck at least six different venues in and
around the capital, Paris, leaving 130 people dead and over 350 others
injured.
Both of the attacks in Nice and Paris were claimed by the Daesh terror group.
The
Paris government is under fire for what is said to be security
failings. It stands accused of not doing enough to protect the
population.

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