July 2016: ISIS Targets Priest in Normandy, France
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of July 2016.
1. ISIS-Inspired Attacks Increasing 2. Death of Holocaust Survivor Elie Weisel 3. Oscar Pistorius Sentenced in Murder Case 4. Pokemon Go Launches 5. Violence in South Sudan 6. Portugal Tops France in Euro 2016 7. Wimbledon Winners 8. Australia's Turnbull Claims Victory 9. Theresa May: Britain's Next PM 10. North Korea Cuts U.S. Ties 11. International Court Rebukes China 12. Deadly Truck Attack in Nice, France 13. Attempted Coup in Turkey Fails 14. Henrik Stenson Wins British Open 15. Germany Gets Violent 16. Chris Froome Wins Tour de France 17. Japan Suffers Mass Stabbing 18. ISIS Kills Priest in France
- ISIS Targets Priest in Normandy, France
- On July 26, 2016 two men storm into Saint-tienne-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