The second teenager involved in the killing of a priest in a church in France was a 19-year-old who was known to security services as a potential Islamist militant, police and judicial sources said on Thursday.
“The man also appears to be a suspect that police were looking for days ahead of the attack on a tip-off that the person was planning an attack.
“Police have identified the man as Abdel-Malik Nabil Petitjean from a town in eastern France on the border with Germany,’’ a judicial source told newsmen.
A police source said that the security services had separately on June 29 opened a special file on Petitjean for becoming radicalised.
The government has said there are about 10,500 people with so-called ‘S files’ related to potential jihadi activities in France.