ISIS church-attacker worked at a French airport as a baggage handler three months before priest murder and got through police checks ‘easily’ to secure the job
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A French ISIS fanatic who ended up murdering a Catholic priest got through a police investigation to become an airport baggage handler ‘easily’, it emerged today.
Abdelmalik Petitjean and Adel Kermiche, both 19, were both on terrorist watchlists when they slit Father Jacques Hamel’s throat in Normandy on Tuesday.
Now it has emerged that Petitjean worked full time at Chambery airport, which is used by more than 250,000 passengers a year including many from Britain, until just three months ago.
It comes as ISIS released a new video of the teenager calling on fellow extremists to ‘destroy’ France and launch attacks on its allies.
Dressed in a striped t-shirt, Petitjean speaks mostly in French but uses some Arabic phrases, and appears to be filming in a home.
Addressing President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls directly, he says: ‘You will suffer what our brothers and sisters are suffering. We are going to destroy your country.’
‘Brothers go out with a knife, whatever is needed, attack them, kill them en masse.’
Meanwhile, a Syrian refugee staying at a French centre for asylum seekers was this morning taken in for questioning in connection with a deadly jihadist attack on a church, a source revealed. A photocopy of his passport was found at Kermiche’s home.
The arrest, which took place in central France yesteday, raises to three the number of people currently being held as part of the investigation into Tuesday’s murder. A cousin of Petitjean and a minor arrested just after the attack were being questioned along with the Syrian.
Last night it emerged that Petitjean started as a porter at Chambery Airport in December after completing his Baccalaureate at the Marlioz high school in nearby Aix-les-Bains, where he lived.
Source: /Daily Mail