ISIS Posts Video Purporting to Show French Church Attackers' Pledge of Allegiance

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A screenshot from the ISIS video showing the two men who attacked the French church.
A screenshot from the ISIS video showing the two men who attacked the French church.

Islamic state's news agency on Wednesday posted a video of two men it said were those who attacked a church in France on Tuesday, pledging allegiance to the group's leader. 

The video was posted by Amaq news agency a day after two men burst into a church in Normandy during a service, forced the priest to his knees and slit his throat. 

The two men who identified themselves as Abu Omar and Abu Jalil el-Hanafy appeared in the one-minute video sitting on a staircase pledging loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State's leader. One of the men is seen holding up a piece of paper printed with the ISIS flag. 

In the attack, the two men slit the throat of 85-year-old Rev. Jacques Hamel who was celebrating Mass in the church, killing him and gravely wounding one of the few worshippers present before being shot to death by police. 

One of the attackers has been identified as 19-year-old Adel Kermiche, who was under close surveillance after two failed attempts to reach Syria last year, France's anti-terror prosecutor said.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after it occurred.

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