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Chilling eyewitness account by nun who managed to escape ISIS butchers

  • Survivor Sister Danielle told how they were targeted for being Christians
  • Vicious attack saw Father Jacques Hamel, 84, slaughtered by ISIS fanatics
  • Two nuns and two parishioners were also taken hostage during the attack
  • Two ISIS knifemen were shot dead by police after shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ 

A nun who survived the gruesome terror attack that saw a priest slaughtered by ISIS butchers revealed how they were targeted for being Christians.

Sister Danielle was at the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray when the knife-wielding attackers stormed into the church, after morning mass at 9.45am.

One has been identified as a 19-year-old Frenchman Adel Kermiche, who was twice arrested for trying to join ISIS in Syria and was under police surveillance at the time of the savage attack.


‘It was fear, especially when they entered,’ revealed Sister Danielle in an interview with the BBC.

‘When I saw them I said to myself, “well, that’s it. It’s over”. They were so motivated.

‘They told me “you Christians, you kill us”.’


The nun explained how 84-year-old Catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel had just celebrated his mass when the attackers ‘took his place and started preaching in Arabic’.

She described how the pair ‘forced him to kneel and told him not to move’.

Moments later, they murdered the priest, filming themselves as they cut his throat in a savage attack.

She added: ‘Jacques loved all people regardless of religion. That is all I can say. A faithful priest, a priest who loved everybody, who loved much.’

As well as Father Jacques



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