MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, two armed men took five people hostage at the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray church in Normandy. The attackers murdered an 84-year-old priest before subsequently being killed by law enforcement. The Daesh jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack.
"An attack against a religious institution and a man of God is an attack against all religions and faith itself," Moshe Kantor, president of the EJC, said in a statement published on Tuesday, stressing that "this dastardly attack will only strengthen our resolve to defeat the enemy of Islamist terrorism."
Daesh, a radical Sunni group, has captured vast areas in Iraq and Syria forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes. The group, notorious for its human rights abuses, has also claimed responsibility for a number of major terrorist attacks staged in different parts of the world. Daesh is banned in many countries, including Russia.