Islamist knifemen forced priest, 84, to kneel before they slit his throat on camera: Jihadists carry out slaughter in church then give ‘Arabic sermon’… and now Hollande says ‘We’re at war with ISIS’

Five people including the 84-year-old priest, two nuns and two parishioners were held by assailants who raided the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen in Normandy at 9am. The clergyman, named as Jacques Hamel (right), is believed to have been beheaded during the attack while another hostage is fighting for life in hospital. The two attackers were ‘neutralised’ by marksmen as they emerged from the building, which is now being searched for explosives. French president Francois Hollande said the men ‘claimed to be from’ ISIS while the terror group has claimed responsibility for the killing through its news agency. There were reports the attackers shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ as they ran out of the church while at least one of the men was dressed in Islamic clothing. It comes as it emerged that the building was one of a number of Catholic churches on a terrorist ‘hit list’ found on a suspected ISIS extremist last April. There are also reports that one of the attackers was a local resident who was under electronic tag surveillance having been jailed in France for trying to travel to Syria in 2015. His bail terms allowed him to be unsupervised between 8.30am and 12.30pm – the attack happened between 9am and 11am.

They filmed the murder and beheading.

  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    Whatever, Hollande. Whatever. Everyone knows that first you’re the president of Muslim citizens living in France, and second the president of French people living in France. If anything aggressive takes place domestically against Muslims, it will only be to prevent the National Front from stealing more of the (ethnic) French vote.

    • Slickfoot

      “You are a wretched excuse of a leader”… There’s a lot of that going around these days.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Sure Hollande is taking France to war — armed with hashtags, slogans and grief counselors.

    • John

      You are a wretched excuse of a “leader”.

      They ALL are. Their catatonic reaction to murderous events has delegitimized them. People can now see just how useless and worthless they are and it’s frightening.

  • The Butterfly

    We should put Hollande, Merkel and Francis in a room and then…are you thinking what I’m thinking?

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      Maybe they could have some peaceful dialogue with a “liberal” Muslim for fifteen or so minutes, and then the “peaceful” Muslim could go…

    • Clink9

      Don’t forget Master Blaster in the Thunderdome.

      • V10_Rob

        Don’t be ridiculous.

        The dwarf alone could take all of them.

    • DMB

      Include Justin as well.

    • mobuyus

      For a Butterfly you sure do sound like a Goat.

  • useless opinion

    When I see the illegal migrants of Calais protecting Catholic Priests, Oh stop it………….just toss all them onto a ship and send it back to tadcrapistan. Now you all thought I was going to say toss them into the English Channel, but one or two might make it to Dover, and we cant have that can we?

  • ontario john

    And yet the Toronto Star states the attacker’s motivations are not known. And the Globe and Smell has closed comments on the story.

    • Rosenmops

      But of course. Tomorrow they will whine about backlash.

    • I am agape.

      I just have no words.

  • Thinking From First Principles

    I am not disposed towards running a website … that being said, I would appreciate seeing a website titled “The Islamic Declaration of War Against All That Is Not Islam” that fully states and explains the Islamic casus belli declared by the prophet of Islam. Something that people can find with a Google search. Put it into simple, modern terms … a state of war begins when a warring party makes a declaration of war, and the state of war continues as long as the warring party holds onto its stated reasons for going to war. The war does not end just because active warfare has ended. You can have a pause in the fighting without having an end to the war. The Islamic casus belli is that all worship shall be for Allah alone. The only end to the Islamic declaration of war is when all other worship has been eliminated, whether by conversion or by extermination. That is what needs to be taught about Islam in our schools and in our media. It is the reality that we face – an openly declared and unending state of war until we have submitted to Islam or been exterminated for refusing.

  • Ron MacDonald

    The parishioners must have been seniors, surely if they were younger they would have gone to the Priest’s aid.

  • This is Islam.

  • DMB

    Soon this will become a daily phenomenon in Europe if not already.

  • mobuyus

    Nothing to see here, workplace violence. Nothing whatsoever to do with the islamic pachyderm in the room.

  • If they had put those terrorists on the no-fly list they wouldn’t have been able to buy those guns and use them to murder people!

    • Frances

      Except they used knives.

  • DonaldDouglas
  • xavier

    St Jean Hamel and the martyrs of Oranto
    pray for us!

  • Excuse me but I’m not reading about razed neighbourhoods.

    How can Hollande possibly be serious?

  • SMC_BC

    France Has Two Choices – Civil War or Submission by Paul Weston

  • Barrington Minge

    “We are at war with ISIS”. OK, lets see some definitive action. Ban all muslim entry to France. Major clapdown on mosques, immams and all muslim businesses. Movement restrictions on all muslims. Time to get tough…..

    • Barrington Minge

      Update: Maybe Compulsory registration, and wearing a red cresent patch…hmmm begins to remind me of Europe in the 1930’s….

  • Robert J. Hoshowsky

    And here in Canada, Justin TruDope is demonstrating his leadership abilities by taking yet ANOTHER vacation. Guess he didn’t have time to fire off another “thoughts and prayers” tweet to France.