ROUEN – The attack on a catholic church in France on Tuesday reportedly claimed by the Islamic State (IS) terror group provided a practical demonstration of the threat the militant organisation posed to the Christian community.
An 85-year-old priest was killed after his throat was slit in the attack by one of two men, who stormed into church outside Rouen, Normandy. The attackers held several worshippers hostage. A nun who was fortunate enough to escape later told media that the men filmed the atrocity.
Although the two knife-wielding assailants were shot dead by Police, the attack has struck fear in the hearts of the country’s dominant religious faction.