French Church Attacker Used Fake Identities to Evade Police, Authorities Say

Source: Time

(PARIS) — France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor says one of the men who attacked a Normandy church evaded police twice using relatives’ ID cards in attempts to reach Syria.

Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters that 19-year-old Adel Kermiche was wearing an electronic surveillance bracelet when he and another attacker slit the throat of a priest in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray Tuesday. Kermiche and the other assailant were killed by police.

Molins said the bracelet was deactivated for a few hours every morning, corresponding with the time of the attack.

He said Kermiche was arrested in Germany in March 2015 trying to join extremists in Syria using his brother’s ID, and then was arrested in Turkey two months later using a cousin’s ID.

Molins said the person who was injured in the attack is no longer in life-threatening condition.

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