Ed. – Hmm. Imagine if France WEREN’T taking the Islamic terror threat seriously.]
The terrorist who slit the throat of 85-year-old priest Fr. Jacques Hamel today in Normandy, France had previously been arrested on terrorism charges and was was sentenced to house arrest with an electronic monitor. He spent a year in prison after being arrested in Turkey attempting to reach Syria and join the Islamic State. He was granted unsupervised release periods from his parent’s house between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The attack occurred during the church’s 9 a.m. Mass.
The church attacked on Tuesday morning was reportedly on an ISIS list of potential targets discovered in April 2015. The suspect in today’s attack lived near the church.