On Tuesday ISIS terrorists stormed a Normandy church, forced 86 year-old French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel to his knees, and beheaded him in front of his congregation during mass.
Father Jacques Hamel was born in 1930 and ordained in 1958.
On Tuesday he was beheaded by ISIS while holding mass in France.
ISIS later took credit for the bloody attack.
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The jihadis used Catholic nuns as human shields after beheading the elderly priest.
French authorities detained a Syrian refugee in connection with the ISIS attack on Friday.
French police have detained a Syrian asylum seeker in connection with the Normandy church attack, two sources said on Friday, as security services widened their investigation into the killing of an elderly priest at the altar by two would-be jihadists.
Three days after teenagers Adel Kermiche and Abdel-Malik Nabir Petitjean chanted in Arabic as they slit the throat of Father Jacques Hamel, investigators are probing their network of associates from the northern Normandy region to the alpine east.
A police source said the Syrian man was arrested near a refugee center in the rural Allier region of central France, where Petitjean lived for four years with his parents until 2012, according to French media.
A copy of the Syrian’s passport was found at Kermiche’s family home, the police source said.
A judicial source confirmed a Syrian was being held in custody. Two other individuals with suspected ties to the attackers are also being interrogated by police, the source said.
France is reeling from two strikes by assailants loyal to Islamic State in the space of 12 days. A Tunisian delivery man plowed his heavy goods truck through a crowd in Nice on Bastille Day killing 84 people.