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Terrorist attacker named as Adel Kermiche

One of the terrorist attackers has been formally identified as Adel Kermiche, and was known to intelligence services, according to the French anti-terror prosecutor.

Kermiche was arrested in Turkey in 2015 after a foiled attempt to enter Syria for a second time.

He was placed under strict surveillance in Normandy, and wore an electronic tag.


Church attacker wore explosive belt and used human shield

One of the attackers was wearing an explosive belt and carried three knives, a French prosecutor has confirmed, while the other was found carrying a backpack with a fake device.

He said the attackers used three hostages to act as a human shield to block the doors.

The men shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) as they left the church, and were shot dead by police immediately after.

Hollande: Islamist threat 'has never been so great'

Mr Hollande said the threat of Islamic militancy had never been so great Credit: Reuters

The threat to Europe from Islamic militants has never been so great, French President Francois Hollande has said.

Speaking in a brief televised address in the wake of the knife attack in Normandy, Mr Hollande said the fight against Islamist militancy both abroad and at home would take a long time.

"In the face of this threat that has never been greater in France and Europe, the government is absolutely determined [to defeat] terrorism," he said.

The French president has also cancelled a planned EU meeting in Prague on Wednesday, in the wake of the terror attack.

Questions for the French authorities over church attack

Questions will need to be asked of the French authorities after the IS attack on a church in Normandy on Tuesday, according to ITV News' Security Editor Rohit Kachroo.

Following 13 days of terror across Europe, he said: "This isn't a new normality to them [France] as it is in Germany.

"It's 18 months since the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and they've had a long time to confront these problems.

He said the attack would prove difficult for the security services as it was "not commissioned by IS, but inspired by it", and warned that "no country in Europe has yet to find a solution" to that problem.


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