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French Priest Killed by Jihadists To Be Laid to Rest in Normandy

Father Jacques Hamel, the priest killed in Normandy, France by two suspected jihadists last week, will be laid to rest after a public funeral service beginning today at 8 a.m. ET.

At least 2,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony at the Rouen cathedral in Normandy. A large screen will show the services to crowds on the square in front of the cathedral for those who cannot enter.

The archbishop of Rouen will celebrate the mass, which French minister of Interior Bernard Cazeneuve will attend.

After the ceremony, Father Jacques Hamel will be interred in a private burial. Father Hamel was 85.

Attackers Who Killed Priest at French Church Were Teens Who 'Claimed Allegiance to ISIS'

The two attackers burst into Hamel's church in Saint-Etienne-De-Rouvray and took the congregation hostage, slashing Father Hamel's throat as he held morning Mass. One nun managed to escape and alert the police.

An 86-year-old worshiper was also stabbed.

Witnesses reported that the assailants shouted "Allahu akbar," as they fled the church, at which point they were killed by French police, according to the Paris prosecutor.


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