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Normandy Church Attacker Identified By Authorities As 18-year-old Adel Kermiche

Men who killed elderly priest in Normandy hostage crisis pledged allegiance to Isis.

Adel Kermiche
The Algerian-born teenager’s electronic tag had been deactivated during the day.

One of the two attackers who slit the throat of an elderly priest in a church in France has been named as Adel Kermiche.

The 18-year-old and his unnamed accomplice stormed the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen in Normandy, France, and forced 86-year-old priest Jacques Hamel to kneel before slitting his throat on camera in the style of an Isis execution video.

An 86-year-old woman, one of five held hostage Tuesday at the Normandy church, said the attackers handed her husband Guy a mobile phone and demanded that he take photos or video of the priest after he was killed.

Her husband was in turn slashed in four places by the attackers and is now hospitalised with serious injuries.

The elderly woman identified only as Jeanine told RMC radio that her husband played dead to stay alive. Two nuns were held hostage along with the couple and the priest, while a third nun escaped and gave the alert.

One of the terrorists had a handgun and began to shout “Allah Akbar” and the other had a fake bomb with a timer.

They then gave a “sermon in Arabic” at the altar and were shot dead by police. Their four other hostages, including two nuns and two parishioners, were then rescued after another nun managed to escape to raise the alarm.

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