Priest’s ‘killer’ had twice tried to get to Syria and was wearing electronic tag


One of the men who attacked a Normandy church, killing an 85-year-old priest, twice used relatives’ ID cards in attempts to reach Syria, France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor has said.

Adel Kermiche, 19, was wearing an electronic surveillance bracelet when he and another attacker slit the throat of a priest in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.

Kermiche and the other assailant were killed by police.

Mr Molins said the bracelet was deactivated for a few hours every morning, corresponding with the time of the attack.

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