Second French church attacker was known to police: source

by CHINE LABBÉ AND MICHEL ROSE | Reuters  |  published on July 28, 2016


The second teenager involved in the killing of a priest in a church in France this week was a 19-year-old who was known to security services as a potential Islamist militant, police and judicial sources said on Thursday.

The man also appears to be a suspect police were looking for days ahead of the attack on a tipoff that the person was planning an attack, French media said.

Police have identified the man as Abdel-Malik Nabil Petitjean from a town in eastern France on the border with Germany, a judicial source told Reuters.

Security services had on June 29 opened a special file on Petitjean for becoming radicalized, a police source said separately. The government has said there are about 10,500 people with so-called ‘S files’ related to potential jihadi activities in France.

Petitjean and an already identified accomplice, Adel Kermiche, took hostages at a church in Normandy on Tuesday before slitting the threat of an elderly priest at the altar.

  • Rodney Steward

    France need to get rid of their socialist Prez and get out of the EU like England and start cleaning house of these gutter rats! If they don’t make some changes fast, all of Europe will fall to islam, the Cult of Death!!

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