Nice, Munich, Ansbach, Wurzbur, Reutlingen, Garde-Columbe. What do they all have in common? Every single one of those killed or injured is a victim of a terrorist attack. Every. Single. One. And now, we must add another horrific attack to the list.
Two men claiming allegiance to Islamic State killed a priest and gravely injured another person Tuesday during morning Mass at a church in a northern French town, authorities said, the latest in a string of attacks that have shocked Western Europe over the last two weeks.
84 year old Father Jaques Hamel, who’d been retired for a decade, was filling in for one of the other priests who was on holiday.
A nun was able to escape and notify the authorities.
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous when talking to Le Figaro, said: ‘They came suddenly. They took space. They spoke Arabic. I saw a knife.
‘I left when they began to attack the father Jacques. I do not even know if they realized that I was leaving.’
It is likely the other hostages would’ve been killed if it weren’t for her quick thinking and the rapid response of the French anti-terrorist police. Another nun reports horrific additional details of the attack.
From one of the nuns who escaped #Normandy church, jihadists "forced Father Jacques to kneel, then slit his throat, & filmed entire thing"
— CounterJihad (@CounterJihadUS) July 26, 2016