Attack on French faith leader

Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist representatives call for more security at places of worship after the jihadist murder of an elderly priest in his own church.

Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist representatives call for more security at places of worship after the jihadist murder of an elderly priest in his own church.

French religious leaders have asked for more security at places of worship after being shaken by the murder of an elderly priest in Normandy on Tuesday.Father Jacques Hamel was killed while conducting morning mass in his church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, a suburb of Rouen.

The Attack followed 12 days after the attack in Nice in which 84 people died.Muslim leader Dalil Boubakeur, in charge of Paris’s Grand Mosque, said the leaders “deeply desire that our places of worship are the subject of greater [security] focus, a sustained focus”, as even “the most humble place of worship” can be subject to an attack.Mr Boubakeur expressed “profound sorrow” on behalf of French Muslims at the attack, which he described as a “blasphemous sacrilege”.

A photo of Priest Jacques Hamel taken from the website of Saint-Etienne-du

A photo of Priest Jacques Hamel taken from the website of Saint-Etienne-du

Priest Jacques Hamel killer,Adel Kermiche’s, was 19.The prosecutor’s office said that he was suppose to remain in detention but this was overruled by a judge. She ordered that he be released to house arrest with an electronic tag ensuring that he remained at home, except on weekday mornings.This meant he was free to leave the house which led to the death of a respected priest as well as wounded hostages.He and his fellow attacker slit Father Hamel’s throat before being killed by police.

 

 




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