ISIS Attacks Church, Tries To Force Hostages To Participate In Islamic Ceremony
France suffered another ISIS attack this morning, this time at a Catholic church in Normandy.
According to BBC, two men claiming to be ISIS soldiers raided the church at St-Etienne-du-Rouvray's square and took people hostage during morning mass. An 84-year-old priest, Rev. Jacque Hamel, was killed, another hostage was critically injured, and the three remaining hostages were unharmed. Police responded quickly to the hostage situation and killed the attackers.
One nun taken hostage related the horrific events that transpired inside the church, according to the Washington Post.
“They forced [the priest] to his knees. He wanted to defend himself. And that’s when the tragedy happened,” said Sister Danielle. “They recorded themselves. They did a sort of sermon around the altar in Arabic. It’s a horror.”
And that's when they slit Rev. Hamel's throat.
Of the priest, pensioner Claude-Albert Seguin said, “Everyone knew him very well. He was very loved in the community and a kind man.”
Meanwhile in Germany, a man opened fire in a hospital in Berlin and murdered a doctor before killing himself, according to Fox News. The gunman was a patient of the hospital and has not been linked to any terrorist groups or ideology.
Investigators have also ruled out Islamic terroism in a massive stabbing attack yesterday near Tokyo. According to NBC News, a former employee of a disabled care center broke into the facility and began stabbing patients in their sleep. 19 died and 25 were wounded. The attacker then turned himself into police.
Investigators discovered a letter from him calling for a revolution to allow mass euthanasia of disabled people. The attack is the deadliest mass killing in Japan since World War II.
Few additional details have come out of the nightclub shooting early Monday morning in Fort Myers, Florida. Two teenagers were killed and more than a dozen people between 12 and 27 were injured during a late-night teen party. Sheli Muniz of WTVJ NBC 6 is reporting that police have released photos of three persons of interest in the shooting, aged 19 to 22. Police have said there is no connection between the shooting and Islamic terrorism.