An 84-year-old priest was killed in an attack during a hostage-taking situation at a church in northern France, near Rouen. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, carried out by two terrorists who were later killed by police.
Both attackers were killed by police snipers after running out of the church at one point during the standoff, an interior ministry spokesman said.
Police have also officially confirmed the death of one victim, who was “killed with a blade.”
Security forces have arrested one person allegedly linked to the attack, according to a source close to the investigation, as cited by Reuters.
Police earlier said they could not confirm the motive or the identities of the attackers.
In an official statement, France’s President Hollande called the attack a “terrorist act,” and said the attackers claimed a connection to IS. He added that France needs to battle against IS. (more…)
An Auckland man who distributed extremist videos, featuring footage of people being shot, beheaded and burned alive has been dragged from court screaming “Allahu Akbar”.
Imran Patel, 26, launched into the rant as he was jailed for three years nine months before Auckland District Court this afternoon.
“Tell John Key to stop being a slave to America and get out of Iraq. Allahu Akbar,” he shouted, while being restrained by court security.
It is understood to be the first person in the country to be sentenced over so-called terrorist material and the Crown said he had an “utter lack of insight and remorse”.
But Defence counsel Adam Holland described his client as “naïve and misguided”.
The offences under the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act are routinely seen in courts in relation to child pornography but it is understood this case is the first of its kind in the country.
But Judge Russell Collins was quick to stress Patel was not being prosecuted over terrorist acts; only on the charges before the court: possessing, making and distributing objectionable material.
He described the defendant as “an intelligent man” but said the violence depicted in the videos he shared was “grotesque”.
In October, the Mt Roskill man sent text messages to 52 people with a link to an Isis-made video, with accompanying words about revenge. (more…)
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