Two men armed with knives have been shot dead after taking several people hostage at a church in the Normandy commune of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen in France, and murdering the priest. The killers – apparently jihadist terrorists – cut his throat. The hostages included nuns and congregation members.
The attackers were “neutralized” by security forces, a spokesperson for France's Police Nationale said, adding that security assessments continued. France’s national police force issued a tweet urging people not to cross the security cordon or take photos or videos of the scene.
The Paris prosecutor said the incident was being investigated by the national counter-terrorism task force (SDAT) and the General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI) intelligence agency.