The seige began at morning mass and lasted over an hour.
The killers forced Fr. Hamel to kneel before they slaughtered him, and they were then shot and killed (too quickly) by police. The terrorists video taped their horrific act, according to a nun who escaped the attack.
ISIS' Amaq news agency reported the attack was carried out by two Islamic State "soldiers,' Reuters reported. Another person, possibly a nun, is in critical condition in hospital.
French President Francois Hollande said, "We must fight this war by all means, while respecting the rule of law--what makes us a democracy."
According to French sources, the church was on a "hit list" which was discovered when a would-be ISIS attacker, Sid Ghlam, was arrested. Ghlam, a 24-year-old Algerian student, was believed to be planning "imminent attacks" in France. When they arrested him last year on suspicion of murdering a mother of one, they discovered an arsenal of weapons. He had been planning to attack a church in Villejuif.
Apparently, Ghalm was communicating with a Syrian scumcrumpet who had ordered him to strike specific churches, including Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. But, like his brother jihadists in Gitmo, he was put back out on the street.
One of the jihadists was on police radar and had traveled to Turkey, according to Mohammed Karabila, president of the Regional Council of the Muslim Faith for Haute-Normandie.
"The person that did this odious act is known, and he has been followed by the police for at least a year and a half," Karabila told the Associated Press. When the attacker had gone to Turkey security services were alerted after that point.
French prosecutors said one person had been detained in connection with the attack, but that person wasn't named nor any role in the attack revealed.
Vatican spokesperson Greg Burke said that Pope Francis was "shocked" especially because the attack "happened in a house of worship." Burke added that the Pope was "praying for the victims of the attack," which is very helpful.
France is on high alert since the Nice attack on Bastille Day, July 14th. That jihad killed 84 infidels and injured hundreds more.
One witness of the attack, Sister Danielle, told French TV: "They forced him [Fr. Hamel] to his knees. He wanted to defend himself and that's when the tragedy happened."
"They recorded themselves," she said. "They did a sort of sermon around the altar, in Arabic. It's a horror."
While President Hollande vowed to fight the ISIS terrorists "using all means possible," American President Obama condemned the attack in the strongest possible words anyone who speaks English could imagine. Then he drew a yellow line in the sand and crossed it.
The jihadist known to police had been jailed prior to this attack for attempting to travel to Syria to join ISIS. He was recently released back to the community where he was tagged with an electronic monitor and place on a terror watch list, for all the good that did to protect the citizens of France.