Second attacker in French hostage killing identified
Second attacker named as Abdel-Malik Petit Jean (19), who was born in Vosges, France
Abdel Malik Petitjean (19), one the two men who stormed into a church in the northern French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during morning mass and cut the throat of a 86-year-old priest at the altar. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
French officials have identified the second man involved in the murder of a priest in a Normandy church.
The pair also seriously injured an 86-year-old parishioner and took hostages including three nuns, who were used as “human shields” as police tried to end an hour-long siege by entering the church.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the killing, describing the two knifemen as its “soldiers”. The pair were later shot dead by police.
Kermiche was wearing an electronic surveillance tag at the time of the attack, having been released from prison where he was being held after twice attempting to travel to Syria.
Anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins said Kermiche’s tag was deactivated for a few hours every morning, and the attack took place while it was not operating.