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>> 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 Abdel Kermiche. He was under close surveillance after two failed attempts to reach Syria in 2015.
Richard Lough is Reuters' Deputy Bureau Chief in France.>> He made his first bid in March, he only got as far as Germany. At that point he was intercepted, turned around and sent back to France, where he was placed under judicial control. That effectively means placed under surveillance.
However, he managed to slip the net and two months later in early May 2015, he tried again to reach Syria, where he wanted to fight Jihad. At this point, he was put in jail. After nine months in jail, he was released pending a trial, kept under surveillance and wore an electronic tag.
This tag surveyed his movements, but he was allowed out of his parent's home from between 8:30 and 12:30 in the morning during weekdays.>> And it was that time on Tuesday when Kermiche and an accomplice committed the deadly attack.>> One of the challenges that the intelligence services face is that an individual these days can pledge or can be considered a soldier of Islamic State, as the militant group often puts it, simply by filing a video on YouTube.
We are not talking about sophisticated attacks, yesterday's attack and it was two men who had knives. These are simple attacks that probably involve little chatter between individuals for the intelligence services to pick up.>> Francois Hollande's meeting religious leaders on Wednesday, urging French citizens not to divide, saying that is what the militants want.
Kermiche and the second armed man, who is still to be identified, were shot and killed by police.