France church attack second suspect identified

France church attack second suspect identified

Paris, July 28 (IANS) French prosecutors on Thursday announced that the second man involved in the killing of an 86-year-old priest in a Normandy church was identified as Abdel Malik Petitjean.

The other attacker had earlier been named as Adel Kermiche. Both the attackers are 19-year-old, BBC reported quoting the prosecutors as saying.

“Following DNA tests, it emerged that the terrorist was identified as Abdel Malik Nabil Petitjean,” a source in the Paris prosecutor’s office was quoted as saying by French media.

The pair were shot dead on Tuesday outside the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray where they killed Father Jacques Hamel and had taken hostages.

Petitjean, was already on a radicals’ watch list, the BBC reported citing the source as saying.

Police was looking for him for several days before the attack, the source added.

The Islamic State released a video of the two men pledging allegiance to the group, BBC added.

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