Over the weekend, Daesh, through the group’s Amaq News Agency, posted photographs online depicting what is claimed to be American weapons captured in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. The weapons reportedly belonged to a soldier named Ryan Larson, whose military ID was also depicted.
The cache included a portable rocket launcher, a radio and grenades. The Pentagon said that it was “unfortunate” that Larson’s ID and equipment had been taken, but has denied reports that Larson himself had been captured.
UPDATE 17:10 PM: Sister Danielle, a nun who was in the church during the attack, told BFM television that Father Jacques Hamel was forced to the ground by the terrorists, who recorded themselves conducting an arabic sermon at the alter before slitting his throat.
Sister Danielle said:
“They forced him to his knees. He wanted to defend himself. And that’s when the tragedy happened. They recorded themselves. They did a sort of sermon around the altar, in Arabic. It’s a horror,” she told BFM television.
Of her fallen colleague, she said: “He was a great priest.”