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Live updates: Church attacker urges all Muslims to destroy France in new video

  • France is in shock after two Islamic State followers slit the throat of an elderly priest
  • The attackers stormed a Normandy church and took hostages before they were killed by police
  • The men apparently forced Father Jacques Hamel to kneel before killing him and filming it
  • Adel Kermiche, 19, has been named as one of the attackers
  • Kermiche was on probation and had twice attempted to travel to Syria
  • The other has been identified as 19 year old Abdel-Malik Nabil Petitjean
  • IS released a video of the pair pledging allegiance late on Wednesday
  • IS-affiliated news agency Amaq released another video showing Petitjean urging Muslims to destroy France and attack the West
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French religious leaders call for unity after priest murder

Representatives of religious communities meet Francois Hollande. Credit: Reuters

Religious leaders in France have called for unity after a meeting with President Francois Hollande.

It follows the murder of a priest in Normandy by supporters of the so-called Islamic State group.

Paris Imam Dalil Boubakeur said France's Muslims must ensure clerics are better trained and called for reform of French Muslim institutions.

The Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, called on Catholics to "overcome hatred that comes in their heart" and not to "enter the game" of IS that "wants to set children of the same family in opposition to each other".

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