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TOPIC: France church attack: Isis supporters shot dead after taking hostages and killing priest in Normandy church

France church attack: Isis supporters shot dead after taking hostages and killing priest in Normandy church 26 Jul 2016 17:03 #1

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France church attack: Isis supporters shot dead after taking hostages and killing priest in Normandy church

Police said two attackers were 'neutralised' in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray



Two Isis supporters armed with knives have been shot dead after murdering a priest at a Catholic church in Normandy.

The French interior ministry said the attackers took hostages including nuns and members of the congregation after storming in during morning mass. One hostage was in a life-threatening condition, another was lightly wounded and three others were freed unharmed.

Local reports said the elderly priest, Father Jacques Hamel, had served the church for decades and had his throat slit.

The attackers were “neutralised” by security forces, a spokesperson for France's Police Nationale said, adding that security assessments continued.

The two attackers stormed the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during a service at around 10am local time (9am BST) on Tuesday, taking the priest, two nuns and several members of the congregation hostage.

The crisis continued for around an hour before the armed men were shot dead by police when they emerged in a courtyard outside the church.

Speaking at the scene of the attack, interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the church was being searched for bombs and booby traps as forensic investigations continued.

President Francois Hollande and Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, met the three uninjured hostages and families of the victims after visiting the town.

Mr Hollande said the two attackers pledged allegiance to Isis, while the terrorist group praised them as “soldiers of the Islamic State” in a statement via its propaganda agency.

The Paris prosecutor said the incident was being investigated by the national counter-terrorism task force (SDAT) and the General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI) intelligence agency.

One person has so far been detained in connection with the investigation.

Manuel Valls, France's Prime Minister, wrote on Twitter: "Horror in the face of the barbaric attack on a church in Seine-Maritime. All of France and all Catholics are wounded. We stand together."

The Vatican said Pope Francis shares the “sorrow and horror” felt over the incident, adding: “We are particularly struck because this horrible violence has occurred in a church - a sacred place where we pronounce God's love - with the barbaric murder of a priest and worshippers affected.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, wrote on Twitter: “Evil attacks the weakest, denies truth and love, is defeated through Jesus Christ. Pray for France, for victims, for their communities.”

The incident came under a fortnight after the Nice attack, when 84 people were killed and more than 300 injured by an Isis supporter who drove a lorry into crowds celebrating Bastille Day.

France has been on high alert since the so-called Islamic State's bombings and shootings in Paris on 13 November last year.

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-knife-attack-hostages-latest-updates-church-hostages-knives-normandy-a7156151.html
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France church attack: Isis supporters shot dead after taking hostages and killing priest in Normandy church 26 Jul 2016 17:12 #2

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FFS
Is nothing sacred?
If anyone wanted to tick off Roman Catholics then this incident will do just that.
Isn't France quite a secular country though?
Not many people actually attend church, same as here in Blighty.
Or have I got that wrong?
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France church attack: Isis supporters shot dead after taking hostages and killing priest in Normandy church 26 Jul 2016 18:11 #3

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If somebody wants to become a martyr or a group wants to bring about a war to fulfil apocalyptic visions, should they be given what they want?

@ GMP - as of 2013, they were already running out of catholics.

www.ibtimes.com/church-decline-frances-vanishing-catholics-1125241
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France church attack: Isis supporters shot dead after taking hostages and killing priest in Normandy church 27 Jul 2016 14:19 #4

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Securitate secret police dude in a Romanian Orthodox Church back in the day was ripping it out of the priest .
"Look at your church it is full of old women and when they die your church will die."
Priest replies.
"Nope, once these old women die a new generation of old women take over."
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France church attack: Isis supporters shot dead after taking hostages and killing priest in Normandy church 27 Jul 2016 14:36 #5

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Did you read your article Rags?

Here you go.
France is an overwhelmingly Catholic country -- up to 88 percent of the population belongs to the Roman Catholic church, according to the CIA World Factbook. However, the number of active believers has been falling for decades.

Nonetheless, France boasts a glorious and splendid Catholic legacy -- from the iconic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris to its status as one of the first countries to adopt Catholicism as its official religion. In fact, when Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in the year 800, France’s history became inseparable from that of the Catholic Church

ie 88% of the population are baptised but active church goers are on the decline.

Trust the SJW set to act like Jews to shit on Christianity.
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France church attack: Isis supporters shot dead after taking hostages and killing priest in Normandy church 27 Jul 2016 14:55 #6

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MrsGMP gets a 'France' magazine calendar every year.
On each day it gives the Saint's name for that day.
MrsGMP - who is a francophile - reckons that a lot of French get called according to the Saint's day they are born on.
Been in a few rural churches in France, never seen many people in there but maybe they get a few of a Sunday.
One thing they do have any day is a shit load of little candles burning so some feckers must be going in if only to light those.
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