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the investigation into the murder of Father Jacques Hamel in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (Seine-Maritime) on July 26, focuses on conversations online both terrorists and their possible accomplices.
This is the secure messaging Telegram Kermiche and Adel Abdel-Malik Petitjean, both aged 19, had announced their separate their will to pass the act. It is also on this application that investigators of anti-terrorism Branch (SDAT) found traces of a first direct contact between the two killers, July 22, just four days before the attack.
operator phone Petitjean, police discovered that he was open, always via Telegram, his terrorist project to his cousin, Farid K., a driver from Nancy 30 years. The latter was indicted, Sunday, July 31, for criminal association terrorist criminals. “It appears at this stage of the investigations that Farid K. (…) was perfectly aware, if not the place and precise date of an imminent violent action of his project cousin “, said the Paris prosecutor.
” Making a sigh of thing “
the two terrorists made no secret of their desire to commit an attack in France. On July 19, three days before their first alleged contact, and Adel Kermiche unveiled his intentions in a private group Telegram. “If you want to go to Sham it is quite complicated because the borders are closed . As much attacking here , he said in a message has been able to check L’Express. You take a knife, you go to a church, you make a carnage, bim. You slices two or three heads and it’s good it’s over “, he added, inviting his listeners to imitate and ” make an egg thing. “
at the same time, probably between 17 and 20 July, his future accomplice Abdel-Malik Petitjean filming a video in which, wearing a striped shirt, he threatened France. Shared in another private group Telegram, this video was spotted by a foreign intelligence service and is the source of a report form containing a photograph released July 22 in all police services.
If the young man was targeted since June 29 with a “S” card for trying to reach Syria, services obviously had no photograph to identify on this video before it goes into action.
constant exchanges Telegram
the investigation into the attack in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray allowed post , to find traces of a first direct contact between the two Telegram on July 22 accomplices. It is from that date that the project materializes. The next day, the phone Abdel-Malik Petitjean terminal in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. The young man, who lives with her mother in Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, seems to have decided, in just 24 hours, to join his accomplice Adel Kermiche, under house arrest in his electronic wristband parents.
Abdel-Malik Petitjean spent the first night in Adel Kermiche, and later in a tent planted in the garden of the house and in the town park. Both men will continue during these few days in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray to discuss Telegram to develop the details of their project.
On July 25, before the attack, Adel Kermiche froths his terrorist project to members of his private group Telegram. He promises “big stuff” to come and ask “all his brothers and sisters” the following to share his private page. Less than an hour before to break into the church on July 26, he sent a final message to 8 h 30 inviting “share what follows” .
suspicions of a remote control
investigators are now working to understand how the two accomplices were contacted and they were helped by a third party in development of their project. . They suspect they may have been inspired or controlled remotely by an accomplice
A member of the entourage of Abdel-Malik Petitjean was set Sunday exam, but in a separate process: a judicial investigation there over a year on a jihadist thread. The police, however, question the degree of knowledge of the two killers project, which is why the date of his arrest on July 27, seems to have been put forward.
This candidate jihad, Jean-Philippe Steven JL, 20, had tried to visit Syria with Abdel-Malik Petitjean in early June. Affected by an “S” form, he was arrested on 10 June in Istanbul and returned to France, a setback that seems to have prompted Abdel-Malik Petitjean – which was at the time not stuck – to regain its Savoie own.
the two terrorists of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray thus had both failed in their plan to join Syria. A frustration that they have there seems outdated by projecting an attack on French soil, may be referred by a third party. They met on the Internet will provide them the opportunity to realize a few days their macabre project
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After the arrival of Christians to Friday prayers at the mosque in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, it was the turn of Muslims to cross the porch of the church to commune with Catholics in memory of Father Jacques Hamel.
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