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France Faces Questions Over Monitoring Extremists

One of the attackers who killed a priest in northern France was intercepted and arrested as he traveled to fight alongside ISIS

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    Muslims put flowers and hold a minute of silence on July 29, 2016 in front of the church if Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, western France, where French priest Jacques Hamel was killed on July 26 in the church during a hostage-taking claimed by Islamic State group, and a call for a mass in his memory on July 29, in front of Jhis house on July 28, 2016 in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, northern France.

    France is facing questions over its monitoring of extremists after both of the attackers who slit the throat of an elderly priest were known to authorities - including a teen who twice tried to wage jihad in Syria, NBC News reported. 

    Adel Kermiche, 19, was intercepted and arrested as he traveled to fight alongside ISIS using family members' identity documents two times last year.

    He was put under house arrest in his hometown of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen, Normandy, with an electronic surveillance ankle bracelet after a judge freed him, terror prosecutor Francois Molins said.

    Kermiche was one of 1,100 French citizens or residents who want to travel to the Middle East to fight alongside ISIS or who have already been and come back, according to government estimates.