Muslims in France have refused to bury the jihadist who killed a priest in Normandy earlier this month.
Adel Kermiche, 19, was one of 2 men who entered a church in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray and held a group hostage before slitting the throat of Father Jacques Hamel and seriously wounding another captive.
Community leaders in the town said they do not want to ‘taint’ Islam by having any association with Kermiche.
Mohammed Karabila, president of the local Muslim cultural association and imam of one of the local mosques, said:”We’re not going to taint Islam with this person.” Adding, ”we won’t participate in preparing the body or the burial.”
Khalid El Amrani, a Muslim who lives in the town, said that what Kermiche had done ”was sinful”.
”He is no longer part of the community,” he said.
Kermiche and Abdel-Malik Petitjean, also 19, entered the 17th-century church on July 26.
They were shot dead by police as they left the church using nuns as human shields.