The Islamic State jihadist group released video footage on Wednesday that it said showed two men who killed a priest in a French church pledging allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
The video, posted on the IS news agency Amaq, shows two young men with an IS banner, as one of them recites in Arabic in a strong non-native accent a traditional pledge of allegiance to the group’s head.
The two bearded men, calling themselves noms de guerre Abu Omar and Abu Jalil al-Hanafi, hold hands as they swear “obedience” to Baghdadi.
IS claimed Tuesday’s attack on a church in France during which an 86-year-old priest’s throat was cut, saying it had been carried out by two of its “soldiers”.
According to Amaq, the two were “soldiers of the Islamic State who carried out the attack in response to calls to target countries of the Crusader coalition”.