France: Investigators close to identifying second church attacker



    France: Investigators close to identifying second church attacker

    July 28, Paris: French investigators believe they are close to identifying the second man who killed a priest in his own church on Tuesday, local media report. 

    According to French media, they believe he could be the same person as a man they have been hunting since last week after a tip-off. One of the two church attackers has already been named by police as 19-year-old Adel Kermiche.

    The authorities have also carried out DNA tests on the body of the second attacker.

    So-called Islamic State has released a video of what it says are the two men pledging allegiance to the group.

    Fr Jacques Hamel, 86, had his throat cut in the attack at a church in a Normandy suburb, while a worshipper was left seriously injured. Both of the attackers were shot dead by police after they took hostages, media reports said.

    Officers are said to have found an ID card at the home of Kermiche belonging to an individual named as Abdelmalik P, from Aix-les-Bains in eastern France.

    It is not known whether this is the second attacker, whose face was badly disfigured by the police shooting.

    The Oslo Times International News Network