Normandy: Jihadist Mosque Next Door to Beheaded Priest’s Church
– Breitbart London
“The more details that emerge surrounding the gruesome lethal attack on a priest in northern France Tuesday, the more it appears that the attack could have been foreseen and perhaps prevented.
On Tuesday morning, two jihadists associated with the Islamic State entered the parish church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy while 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel was celebrating Mass in the company of several members of the parish. The assailants seized Father Hamel and slit his throat before taking the other members of the congregation as hostages.
It turns out that the parish Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, the site of the assault, was on an Islamic State hit list recovered from suspected jihadist Sid Ahmed Ghlam, in April 2015. The 24-year-old Ghlam was arrested by French police, who believe he was a terrorist planning imminent attacks in France under the direction of Islamic State leaders.
At the time, an arsenal of weapons was discovered in Ghlam’s car as well as at his student residence, which included Kalashnikov rifles, a police-issue pistol, and a number of bullet-proof vests. Ghlam is currently in a high-security prison awaiting trial for numerous crimes including murder, attempted murder, association with criminals with a view to commit crimes and other infractions connected to a terrorist organization.
After the arrest, police discovered a list of Catholic sites to be targeted by Islamic State terrorists, which included the location of Tuesday’s attack.
The beautiful sixteenth-century church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray is a French heritage monument, to which a tower was added in the 17th century.
More importantly, the church also “happened” to be right next door to the Yahiya mosque of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, whose best-known worshiper was the notorious French jihadist executioner Maxime Hauchard.”
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Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray: why one of the perpetrators of the attack had been released
– Le Monde (translated)
Why Kermiche Adel, 19, identified as one of the murderers of Father Jacques Hamel in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen , Tuesday, July 25, he was released on 18 March, after ten months of detention? Le Monde has obtained parts of the judicial debate between the investigating judges and the prosecutor of Paris . At the time, the young man is indicted for “criminal association in relation with a terrorist enterprise” since March 2015 for having attempted to join jihadist groups in Syria . First put on probation, he was jailed in May 2015 after a second start attempt.”
– Essentially, the original article available in French, states the alleged murderer was considered mentally unstable enough to put certain severe restrictions on him, such as house arrest and and to wear a monitoring device, with set hours for being out of his house. Moreover, he was considered in criminal association with known terrorists. Why did the French release such a danger into France?
…Continue reading @ Le Monde Fr in the original French or Google translation.
French Terrorist Who Killed Priest Was On A Watch List, Wore A Tracker
“One of the terrorists who stormed a historic Normandy church Tuesday and forced an 85-year-old priest to kneel before slitting his throat, was a known terror suspect and even wore an electronic tracking device.
French police reportedly likely placed the suspect on the country’s “S-list,” which includes suspects considered radicalized and subject to surveillance. The suspects inclusion on the list underscores the enormity of the challenge facing French counter-terrorism police. The French Center for the Analysis of Terrorism revealed in late June that France had 10,000 active terror suspects and only 5,000 police available to surveil them.
Worse, French anti-terror agents can only surveil 250 of the 10,000 suspects at any one time, because 24-hour surveillance requires twenty agents per suspect. French TV reported that the attacker who was on the watch list, previously tried to get to Syria, but was turned back over to French authorities by Turkish authorities. France reportedly released him in March.”
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