Paris: A Muslim community in Normandy on Sunday refused to bury the body of the teenage attacker who had slit the throat of a priest in a church in France saying that they do not want to “taint” Islam by having connection to the jihadist.
The 19-year-old attacker, Adel Kermiche, along with Abdel Malik Petitjean had took six people hostage at a church in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray before they had killed 86-year-old priest, Father Jacques Hamel, during a morning prayer on Tuesday.
Mohammed Karabila, president of the local Muslim cultural association and imam at a local mosque, as quoted by Independent, told French newspaper Le Parisien: “We’re not going to taint Islam with this person. We won’t participate in preparing the body or the burial.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the two young jihadists were shown pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group in a video sometime before they stormed a church in the northern town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray Tuesday and slit the 86-year-old priest’s throat at the altar.
France has recently been rocked by extremist terror attacks. The most recent attacks before the Normandy was during the much celebrated Bastille day when a truck driver ploughed into a crowd of people leaving 84 people dead. Most of these attacks have been claimed by the militant group Islamic State. France extended the State of Emergency which was imposed following the 2015 Paris attacks.