France: Second Church Attacker Being Hunted after Tipoff

Attacked Priest
Attacked Priest (photo: Sina)
By Alice WangAugust 1st, 2016

The second teenager, who killed a priest in a church in France this week, is being hunted by France police, after a foreign intelligence tipoff that a suspected jihadist might be preparing an attack, reported by China Daily.

The revelation is likely to further fuel criticism by opposition politicians that President Francois Holland's Socialist government did not do enough to stop the pair given that they were both already known to intelligence services.

They stormed a church service, forced a 84-year-old Roman Catholic priest to his knees at the altar and slit his throat.

They were later shot and killed by police.

One of the two attacker had been already identified, 19-year-old Adel Kermiche. He had made failed bids to reach Syria towage jihad, wore an electronic bracelet and was awaiting trial for alleged membership of a terrorist organization having been released on bail.

The second attacker, now has been identified as Abdel- Malik Mabil Petitjean, also 19, from a town in eastern France on the border with Germany, a judicial source said on Thursday.

Reports says that the second attacker's identification would not be successful without an authority from Turkey.

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