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French identify second church attacker from DNA

  • A picture of late Father Jacques Hamel is placed on flowers at the makeshift memorial in front of the city hall closed to the church where an hostage taking left a priest dead the day before in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The Islamic State group crossed a new threshold Tuesday in its war against the West, as two of its followers targeted a church in Normandy, slitting the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass and using hostages as human shields before being shot by police. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    A picture of late Father Jacques Hamel is placed on flowers at the makeshift memorial in front of the city hall closed to the church where an hostage taking left a priest dead the day before in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The Islamic State group crossed a new threshold Tuesday in its war against the West, as two of its followers targeted a church in Normandy, slitting the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass and using hostages as human shields before being shot by police. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

  • People gather to pay respect with flowers and candles next to the church where an hostage taking left a priest dead the day before in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The Islamic State group crossed a new threshold Tuesday in its war against the West, as two of its followers targeted a church in Normandy, slitting the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass and using hostages as human shields before being shot by police. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    People gather to pay respect with flowers and candles next to the church where an hostage taking left a priest dead the day before in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The Islamic State group crossed a new threshold Tuesday in its war against the West, as two of its followers targeted a church in Normandy, slitting the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass and using hostages as human shields before being shot by police. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

  • French nun greets a resident during a gathering in a town park for a solemn homage to the Rev. Jacques Hamel in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Thursday, July 28, 2016. Saint-Etienne's mayor Hubert Wulfranc called for a solemn homage to the Rev. Jacques Hamel on Thursday, for a moment of silence followed by the French national anthem. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    French nun greets a resident during a gathering in a town park for a solemn homage to the Rev. Jacques Hamel in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Thursday, July 28, 2016. Saint-Etienne's mayor Hubert Wulfranc called for a solemn homage to the Rev. Jacques Hamel on Thursday, for a moment of silence followed by the French national anthem. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

The French prosecutors' office has identified the second man who killed a priest in a Normandy church. The office says DNA tests show he is a 19-year-old born in the eastern Vosges region of France, Abdel-Malik Nabil Petit Jean.

He and the other man, Adel Kermiche, also 19, attacked a church during morning Mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, outside Rouen, slashed the throat of the priest and took three nuns and an elderly couple hostage. The man was seriously wounded. One nun escaped and gave the alert.