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Elderly Catholic priest killed in French church, attack claimed by Islamic State

A priest in his mid-80s was killed with a knife and another hostage seriously wounded on Tuesday in an attack on a church in northern France carried out by assailants linked to Islamic State.

Both attackers were shot dead by French police. Five people in all had been taken hostage. A police source said it appeared that the priest had had his throat slit.

Speaking at the scene of the attack in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, French President Francois Hollande said France should “use all its means” in its war against the militant group, against which France has launched air strikes in Syria and Iraq.

The president called it a “dreadful terrorist attack” and told reporters the attackers had pledge allegiance to IS. The IS news agency Amaq said two of its “soldiers” had carried out the attack.   »»» Reuters

It appears that the partisans of Daesh (ISIS) do not read their Qur’an as often as they should.

“If God had not overpowered some people by the might of others, monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which God’s praise is celebrated daily, would have been utterly demolished.” (Qur’an, 22:40)

“Nearest in love to the Muslims are those who say, “We are Christians”: because amongst them are men devoted to
learning [priests] and men who have renounced the world [monks], and they are not arrogant.” (Qur’an 5:85)

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