>> French authorities facing questions over how a tagged would-be jihadist was able to storm a church on Tuesday and slit the throat of an elderly priest. One of the attackers identified as 19-year-old Adel Kermiche. He was under close surveillance after two failed attempts to reach Syria in 2015.
Former school friends telling Reuters he was obsessed with hard line interpretations of the Quran.>> I was at work and someone told me there was an attack, and I knew it was him of course.>> Residents of the small town in shock. The attacker struck during morning mass on Tuesday, forcing 85-year-old Father Jacques Hamel to his knees before slitting his throat.
They filmed themselves, a nun describing it like a sermon in Arabic, around the altar. Kermiche was detained until March this year, then released despite an appeal by Paris prosecutors. He was forced to wear an electronic tag so police could track his movements. But he was allowed to leave his parents' home for a few hours each morning.
That's likely to reignite criticism of the government for not doing enough on security. Less than two weeks after a Tunisian man plowed a truck into a crowd in Nice, killing 84 people. François Hollande to meet religious leaders on Wednesday, the French President vowing to lead the fight against Islamic State.
The militant group's news agencies say the attackers were its soldiers. Kermish and the second man, who is still to be identified, were shot and killed by police on Tuesday.