This still image taken from video shows the two men, Abdel-Malik Nabil Petitjean and Adel Kermiche, behind the church attack in Normandy in this video released July 28, 2016. Handout via Reuters TV
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An extremist involved in the brutal killing of an elderly priest pledged to attack France in a newly released video, as Catholic bishops called for a day of prayer in a nation shaken by the latest assault.The assailant has been named as 19-year-old Abdel Malik Petitjean, who was listed in June on France's "Fiche S" system of people posing a potential threat to national security after he tried to reach Syria from Turkey. Petitjean threatened France and directly addressed President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls in the footage released by the ISIS-linked Amaq news agency. The president of the Conference of Bishops in France Georges Pontier called on all Catholics in the country to observe a day of national prayers and fasting Friday "for our country and for peace in the world".The French government has said that everything possible is being done to protect citizens, while warning that more terror attacks are inevitable, after three major strikes and several smaller attacks in the past 18 months.
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