Assailants loyal to the Islamic State forced an elderly priest to his knees, slit his throat, and took several worshipers hostage in a French church on Tuesday before police shot the attackers dead.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place during morning mass at the Saint-Etienne parish church, south of Rouen in Normandy. Five people were initially taken hostage. The terrorist group’s Amaq news agency said two of the group’s “soldiers” carried out the operation in response to the call to target the countries of the “Crusader coalition.”
The attackers forced Priest Jacques Hamel, 85, to kneel before killing him and also filmed the murder, a nun who escaped the scene said on French radio. Police arrested one person in connection with the attack, a source close to the inquiry said.
The French responded by openly vowing that France is at war with ISIS, and mobilizing 10,000 additional troops to protect the homeland. Radical Islamic terrorism continues to perpetrate terrorist attacks throughout the world. This conflict certainly seems to be driving the world straight into the prophesied Sixth Trumpet War.