We warned a month ago that they were planning attacks. You could see the signs. London is next. Meanwhile, they are more focused on “hate crimes” against “mosques, churches and synagogues”. Well, who is it that commit those hate crimes against churches and synagogues? The same people who fake hate crimes against thier own mosques.
This is a disgusting and completely unacceptable European political failure, so severe and so serious that those responsible must be charged with treason and face execution. Francois Hollande is insulting the French people with his feigned sorrow over a brutal beheading that he himself helped facilitate. Despite all signs that Merkel brought in 2 million devout Muslim terrorists – and another 5 million the past five years – useless EU leaders insist they will “never” give up their demands ofr open borders. Let us hope Muslims cut their throats and see how fast they will change their minds!
Police have shot dead two men who took a priest and several others hostage at knifepoint at a church in north-western France. The men shouted “Daesh” and cut the priest’s throat before being “neutralised,” police said. Le Figaro newspaper reported that the priest died after his throat was cut. Elite police units rushed to the church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray after the men seized a number of people including a priest and two nuns. It remains unclear whether the hostage takers were killed in the police action. A police source told AFP that one of the hostages has been killed. Up to six people were being held by the assailants. Police have arrived at the scene, according to news website Normandie Actu. The interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, is travelling to the church. Police sealed off the church, while ambulances are on the scene.
Police have shot dead two men who took a priest and several others hostage at knifepoint at a church in north-western France.
The men shouted “Daesh” and cut the priest’s throat before being “neutralised,” police said.
Le Figaro newspaper reported that the priest died after his throat was cut.
Elite police units rushed to the church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray after the men seized a number of people including a priest and two nuns.
It remains unclear whether the hostage takers were killed in the police action.
A police source told AFP that one of the hostages has been killed. Up to six people were being held by the assailants.
Police have arrived at the scene, according to news website Normandie Actu.
The interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, is travelling to the church. Police sealed off the church, while ambulances are on the scene.
Prime Minister Theresa May offers her condolences to the people of France
The Telegraph’s Political Reporter Ben Riley-Smith
Theresa May has offered her condolences to France and condemned today’s “sickening attack” in her first reaction to the news .
The Prime Minister made the comments at the beginning of a statement about her talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Mrs May said: “Let me start by offering my condolences to the French people following the sickening attack in Northern France this morning.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.”
Marine Le Pen berates the left and right for “a new Islamist terrorist attack”
In reaction to today’s attack Marine Le Pen, the President of the far-right Front National placed the responsibility firmly on the shoulders of former left and right wing French governments.
“The responsibility of all those who have governed us for 30 years is immense. To watch them talking is revolting! #SaintEtienneDuRouvray” the leader of the far-right party tweeted.
Earlier this morning she spoke of her “horror” over “a new Islamist terrorist attack.”
Normandy attack “an execrable affront to most basic values of society”
Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, says in a statement:
“Every day, these terrorists make it abundantly clear to the world that nothing is sacred to them, that they will not shy away from any execrable affront to the most basic values of our society.
“Let’s be clear: this is not a war between religions, but between good and evil. We must stand as one in the face of this great threat.
“We must not be intimidated, but cherish our freedom, including the freedom to worship. We must speak out and not be silent.
“We must defend each other, and we must look after one another: one religious community after the other, one country after the other. This evil scourge won’t be defeated unless we are united in our resolve to defeat it,” said the WJC president.
Normandy today – where tomorrow?
That is the question being asked by the president of the Normandy region this afternoon.
Hervé Morin, the president of the region, said: “We have been living in torment for a long time. It is in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray today – where will it be tomorrow?
“The State must act firmly shutting away all those who are considered dangerous.”
Second victim ‘hovering between life and death’
Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the other victim of the Normandy siege, understood to be a male churchgoer, is “hovering between life and death.”
“The unspeakable has happened”
“The unspeakable has happened,” the archbishop of Rouen Dominique Lebrun said in reaction to the attack in Normandy.
“I’m quite astounded but I am moved by these young people who want to construct a civilisation based on love,” he told journalists in Krakow where he was accompanying a group of young people from his diocese to the World Youth Day, a gathering of young Catholics from around the world.
He said he would return to France this afternoon “my duty is to be close to the shocked community.”
Isil claims responsibility via Amaq news agency
Isil says the men who killed 84-year-old priest Jacques Hamel were its ‘soldiers’ in a statement issued by its news network Amaq.
‘No sign of terror’ at Berlin shooting
German police have said the shooting at a Berlin clinic which killed one doctor was not terror-related.
One of the attackers ‘wore an electronic tag’
A source close to the investigation tells Le Figaro that one of the assailants was wearing an electronic tag.
He had been given the tag as an alternative to doing prison time for a prior offence, the newspaper reports.
Hollande: “This was a cowardly murder”
President Hollande said the two terrorists identified themselves as Isil operatives. Speaking outside the church, Mr Hollande described the assault as “an ignoble terrorist attack.”
Mr Hollande said the small community of Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray was “horribly affected by the cowardly murder of the parish priest by two terrorists who claimed to be from Daesh (Isil).”
He praised the police and emergency services for their “extremely rapid intervention, which prevented more deaths and saved lives.”
Clinic shooter is dead – report
The man who shot a doctor in a university clinic in Steglitz, a southwestern district of Berlin, has died, according to Bild.de.
Doctor shot in Berlin clinic, as Hollande says Isil behind Normany siege
We are now getting reports that a doctor has been shot at a clinic in Berlin. The gunman then shot himself. There is no immediate clue as to whether the incident is terror-related.
In France, President Hollande said the two terrorists who took hostages at a church identified themselves as Isil operatives.
Speaking outside the church, Mr Hollande described the assault as “an ignoble terrorist attack.”
What we know so far
Suspected Islamic terrorists have killed an 84-year-old French priest, reportedly by slitting his throat, after taking him hostage in his own Normandy church.
The attackers, who were shot dead by police in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, also took two nuns hostage.
A third male hostage was critically injured in the assault and is fighting for his life.
The priest, named locally as Jacques Hamel, was said to be a pillar of the Normandy community and has been a priest since 1958.
Both attackers were shot dead as they left the church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray having killed the priest and critically injured another hostage.
The incident is being treated by French prosecutors as a terror attack.
Attackers ‘yelled Allahu Akhbar’
A local resident contacted by telephone who saw the two attackers leave the church said they shouted “Allahu Akhbar” before being shot by police. The resident, who gave her name as Sylvie, declined to be identified by her surname.
Notorious jihadist Maxime Hauchard was from Normandy
Normandy was the home of a notorious French jihadist, Maxime Hauchard, who appeared in a video of the beheading of American Peter Kassig in 2014.
Hauchard converted to Islam and frequented a local mosque.
Hauchard frequented the mosque of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, according to security sources.
Priest identified as 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel
The priest has been named as Father Jacques Hamel, 84, according to Vincent Neymon, a spokesman for the Bishops’ Conference of France.
Priest ‘lay dying as police stormed church’
When police stormed the church, the priest was dying, reports David Chazan in Paris.
A third suspect is said to have been arrested outside the church, but that has not been confirmed.
Pope ‘shares in grief and horror of this violence’
Josephine McKenna in Rome reports:
Father Federico Lombardi, head of the Vatican press office, has issued a statement about the attack.
“It’s terrible news that comes unfortunately after a number of violent attacks in recent days that have already upset us and created immense grief and concern,” he said.
“The Pope has been informed and shares in the grief and horror over this perverse violence, condemning in the most dramatic way every form of hatred and offering prayers for the people affected.
“We are particularly struck because this horrible violence, with the barbaric killing of a priest and the involvement of the faithful, happened in a church, a sacred place which stands for the love of God.
“We express our closeness to the church in France, the archdiocese of Rouen and affected community and to the French people.”
Front National reacts to attack
A spokesman for the ministry of the interior, Pierre-Henry Brandet, confirmed that the priest was dead and said another hostage was “between life and death”.
Mr Brandet told French TV channel BFMTV: “The two hostage-takers came out of the church armed and it was at that point that they were neutralised by the police.”
National Front leader Marine le Pen said: “More horror at Saint Etienne du Rouvray. The modus operandi obviously leads one to fear a new attack by Islamist terrorists.”
French newspaper Le Figaro reported that the church was suspected to have been on a list of Catholic places of worship in the area around Paris drawn up as possible targets by Sid Ahmed Ghlam, an Algerian student arrested last year on suspicion of murdering a mother-of-one during a botched attempt to attack a church in Villejuif.
‘This was an attack on all faiths,’ says Muslim foundation
“The attack on a Church is Normandy and brutal murder of a Priest is condemned in the strongest terms and we stand with our Christian brothers and sisters,” Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, says.
“Whilst it is too early to speculate about the circumstances of this attack we know Europe faces threats on a daily basis from Isil and their supporters and from far right extremism. They are two cheeks of the same backside, they want divided communities and we must not allow them to succeed.
“Places of worship are sacred and in Islam it is forbidden to see such attacks and the brutal killing of a priest. An attack as we saw today in Normandy is an attack against all faiths and we stand together in solidarity, love and unity.”
The Ramadhan Foundation is a Muslim organisation in the UK that says it works for peaceful co-existence and dialogue for all communities.
Watch: Scenes from outside Normandy church siege
Priests pay tributes to fallen colleague
Priests across Europe have reacted with horror to the news that one of their own has died in a terrorist attack – which appears to have been carried out by Islamist extremists.
French PM expresses ‘horror ‘ at attack
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls tweets: “I am horrified by the barbaric attack on the church in Seine-Maritime.
“All of France and her Catholic citizens have been wounded. We stand in solidarity.”
Murdered priest was 86 years old
The priest who died after his throat was slashed by the attackers was 86, according to French newspaper Le Point.
The man, who is yet to be named, was ordained in 1958.
One hostage dead, second ‘fighting for life’
The interior ministry spokesman, Pierre-Henri Brandet, declined to confirm a report that the priest died after having his throat cut.
He said one hostage was dead and another was “between life and death”.
He refused to speculate about the hostage-takers’ motives but the case is being treated as a terrorism investigation.
Police are checking the church for explosives or booby-traps and forensic officers are taking fingerprints and DNA evidence, he said.
Paris terrorism chief to head investigation
Paris’ anti-terror prosecutor is to head the investigation into the church, police say.
David Chazan in Paris reports:
The two hostage takers shot by police are reportedly dead. Police source says “at least one hostage” has been killed.
Police source: They got in through back of church
Police sources tell Le Figaro: “Two individuals armed with knifes went in through the back of the church and took five people hostage.”
Police in France say they shot both hostage takers but did not confirm whether they were dead.
They said the motive was unclear.
France is already on high alert for so-called “lone wolf” terror attacks after a man ploughed his truck into a crowd of Bastille Day revellers in Nice on July 14, killing 84.
Interior Minister en route to Rouen
Interior Minister Bernard Cazenevue is travelling to Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray after two men with knives took a priest hostage and slit his throat before being shot by police.