BREITBART — In what can only be described as a cruel irony, the Roman Catholic parish where Islamic terrorists slit the throat of Father Jacques Hamel Tuesday had donated the land on which the local mosque is built.
On Tuesday morning, two terrorists associated with the Islamic State entered the parish church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray while 86-year-old Father Jacques Hamel was saying Mass. The assailants seized Father Hamel, made him kneel down and slit his throat on camera before taking the other members of the congregation as hostages. Both attackers were subsequently killed by police.
A block away, the Yahia mosque of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray was inaugurated in 2000, constructed on a plot of land donated by the Catholic parish where Tuesday’s attack took place.
Reports from France declare that the small Norman town is “known to be an anchor of the Jihadist network,” and the local “Salafist” mosque has been the spiritual home to several known Islamist radicals.
In November 2014, a year before the Paris and Saint-Denis jihadist attacks, this city of 30,000 souls had already made news as a hotspot of radical Islam.
At that time, the Directorate General of Internal Security (RPS) arrested several people from the area who were suspected of ties to the Islamic State and were allegedly preparing to travel to Syria.
Police arrested three young people in the nearby town of Saint-Pierre-les-Elbeuf, while a fourth, a 22-year-old identified only as “Jordan,” was not arrested because he had already escaped to Syria to join ISIS.
All four attended a mosque that newspapers at the time simply described as the “Salafist Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray Mosque.”
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