Islamic State posts video of alleged killers of French priest
A video footage of the two France church attackers has been posted by the Islamic State has emerged.
The video purportedly shows the suspects (Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik) claiming allegiance to IS and its leader.
They are seen saying, “we give bayah” (allegiance) to Abu Bakr Al-Baghadi. They are also seen waving the IS flag.
In the video they introduce themselves in Arabic as Abu Jalil Al-Hanafi and Abu Omar, the names are believed to be their fighter names.
The footage was posted online by ISIS’s Amaq news agency, which claims the two men carried out the attack in Normandy on Tuesday morning, according to news agencies.
Earlier, Malik was named as the second homegrown ISIS terrorist who carried out the brutal church attack. He lived in the town of Aix-les-Bains, in the French Alps. Police are further investigating his background. Kermiche had served prison time in France and Switzerland and was being tracked by police as he was trying to travel to Syria. He was recently radicalized and was out on bail with an electronic tag when he committed the crime on July 26.
According reports, on Tueday (26 July), the two men, armed with knives, entered the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy, France, during morning mass hours. Inside the church were Fr Jacques Hamel (86), three nuns and two parishioners. One of the two asked father Hamel to kneel down and cut his throat at the altar. They also asked one of the parishioner to film the act. One of the nuns who had managed to escape raised the alarm. The attackers were shot dead by the police when they were trying to escape, using their hostages as human shields.
Of late, France has witnessed a stream of youngsters showing allegiance to the Islamic State idealism.
(With Agency inputs)