July 2016: ISIS Targets Priest in Normandy, France

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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ISIS Targets Priest in Normandy, France
Image of French police officers standing in front of the church in Normandy
On July 26, 2016 two men storm into Saint-Ètienne-du-Rouvray Church in Normandy, France and take five people hostage, including the priest, two nuns, and two parishioners. The men force Father Jacques Hamel to kneel before the altar and they cut his throat, preaching in Arabic while filming the whole ordeal. The assailants leave one of the parishioners in critical condition. As they depart the church, the attackers use the hostages as protection but are shot dead by police. According to the Amaq News, the news site for the Islamic State, the two men were followers of ISIS.
Photo source: AP Photo/Francois Mori
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