French PM Slams Security Services for Poor Normandy Church Attacker Monitoring

© AP Photo / Francois MoriFrench riot police guards the street to access the church where an hostage taking left a priest dead in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Tuesday, July 26, 2016
French riot police guards the street to access the church where an hostage taking left a priest dead in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - Sputnik International
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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that French security services made mistakes during surveillance over Adel Kermiche, one of the attackers that took several people hostage and killed a priest in a church in the Normandy region.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls blamed on Friday the country's security services for insufficient surveillance over Adel Kermiche, one of the attackers that took several people hostage and killed a priest in a church in the Normandy region.

"It was a failure which should be acknowledged… It should make the officials take a different approach, on a case-by-case basis," Valls said in an interview with Le Monde newspaper.

A policeman stands guard while people arrive for a Mass at the Rouen Cathedral, on July 27, 2016 in Rouen, to pay tribute to the priest Jacques Hamel, killed on July 26 in a church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during a hostage-taking claimed by Islamic State group - Sputnik International
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Kermiche was extradited from Turkey to France over alleged links to terrorist groups active in Syria, however he was later released with electronic surveillance bracelet.

On Tuesday, Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean took five people hostage at the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray church in Normandy, murdering the local priest Father Jacques Hamel. The Islamic State jihadist group, outlawed in many countries including Russia, claimed responsibility for the attack.

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