A priest has been killed in a suspected terrorist attack after two knifemen stormed a church in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy. Police are handling the incident as a terrorist incident and have called in anti-terrorism prosecutors.
Reports indicate the attackers burst into the church during Morning Mass and took five people hostage. It is believed the five hostages were two churchgoers, two nuns and the priest.
French media has reported two knifemen have been shot dead after taking hostages in a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in #Normandy
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La Figaro have reported the knifemen “slit the Priest’s throat” before being “neutralised” by Police. Another hostage was seriously wounded in the attack and remains in a critical condition. RAID forces, an elite police intervention unit, are currently searching the church and surrounding grounds for explosive devices.
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The attackers motive is as of yet unknown, and no group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. Speaking in the town, President Hollande said the terrorists claimed to be from Daesh.
France is currently in a state of emergency, declared by President Hollande following the Bastille Day attack in Nice which killed 84.