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Priest killed as knifemen take hostages in French church — police

July 26, 13:54 UTC+3 PARIS
The men, armed with knives, took five people hostage in the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy region
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PARIS, July 26. /TASS/. Two men who took hostages in a church in northern France have been "neutralized" after killing a priest, a police spokesman said.

The men, armed with knives, took five people hostage in the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy region. The 84-year old priest, two nuns and churchgoers were among those held hostage. The third nun managed to escape and reported the accident to police.

"They cut the priest’s throat. One of the hostages is seriously injured," police said. "The hostage-takers were neutralized."

BFM-TV reported that the attackers were shot dead by police when they left the church.

A local resident told BFM-TV that the attackers were shouting "Allah akbar!" (Allah is great).

French President Francois Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are heading to the site of the tragedy.

 
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