An image grab taken the video shows the two men who identify themselves as ‘Abu Jaleel al-Hanafi’(L) and ‘Ibn Omar’ (R) sitting next to the logo of ISIS while pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (AFP)

The ISIS militant group released video footage Wednesday it said showed two men who killed a priest in a French church pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The video, posted on the ISIS news agency Amaq, shows two young men with an ISIS banner, as one of them recites in Arabic in a strong non-native accent a traditional pledge of allegiance to the group’s head.

The two bearded men, calling themselves noms de guerre Abu Omar and Abu Jalil al-Hanfai, hold hands as they swear “obedience” to Baghdadi.

ISIS claimed Tuesday’s attack on a church in France during which an 86-year-old priest’s throat was cut, saying it had been carried out by two of its “soldiers”.

According to Amaq, the two were “soldiers of the Islamic State who carried out the attack in response to calls to target countries of the Crusader coalition”.


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