Muslim group in Denmark offers to bury French priest killer
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Muslim group in Denmark offers to bury French priest killer

Danish Islamic Burial Fund held funeral for jihadist who murdered Copenhagen synagogue security guard Dan Uzan last year

French police identified 19-year-old Adel Kermiche as one of the assailants who stormed a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray and murdered an elderly priest on July 26, 2016. (Screen capture: YouTube)
French police identified 19-year-old Adel Kermiche as one of the assailants who stormed a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray and murdered an elderly priest on July 26, 2016. (Screen capture: YouTube)

COPENHAGEN — A Danish Muslim group has offered to bury one of the jihadists who murdered a French priest, after Muslim leaders in France refused to do so, a newspaper said Wednesday.

Adel Kermiche, a 19-year-old jihadist, was shot dead by French police on July 26 after he and another assailant attacked a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvroy in northern France, murdering priest Jacques Hamel and seriously injuring another hostage.

After standing in solidarity with Christians mourning the victims of the attack, Muslim leaders in France have refused to grant Kermiche an Islamic burial.

“It is a human right to be buried, no matter what you have done,” Kasem Said Ahmad, who heads the Danish Islamic Burial Fund, told Danish daily Jyllands-Posten.

The church attack, which shocked France just days after the July 14 attack in Nice that left 84 people dead, “is an un-Islamic action that we naturally distance ourselves from,” Ahmad said.

French riot police guards the street to access the church where a hostage-taking left a priest dead in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
French riot police guards the street to access the church where a hostage-taking left a priest dead in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

However, “if we get a request from the family to bury him, then we will do it… If they want to move his body here, he can be buried in Denmark in the Muslim cemetery,” he said.

When contacted by AFP, the organization declined to comment.

The group last year organized the burial of Danish-Palestinian jihadist gunman Omar El-Hussein, who killed a filmmaker outside a Copenhagen free speech event and Jewish security guard Dan Uzan outside a synagogue.

Mourners surround the hearse with late Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein in Copenhagen, on February 20 2015. (AFP/Scanpix Denmark/Nils Meilvang)
Mourners surround the hearse with late Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein in Copenhagen, on February 20 2015. (AFP/Scanpix Denmark/Nils Meilvang)

“It is a support for the family, not for him,” Ahmad said at the time.

Some 500 people attended Hussein’s funeral.

Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group before they attacked the Normandy church during morning mass on July 26.

Mohammed Karabila, who leads a French Muslim group, said his community would not give Kermiche a Muslim burial.

“We will not taint Islam with this person,” he told AFP.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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