Church attack: Priest killed by two ‘IS soldiers’
A priest has been killed in an attack by two armed men on his church in a suburb of Rouen in northern France.
The attackers entered the church in Saint-Etienne-duRouvray during Mass, taking the priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, 84, and four other people hostage.
Police later surrounded the church and French TV said shots were fired. Both hostagetakers are now dead.
The Amaq news agency, linked to so-called Islamic State, said “two IS soldiers” had carried out the attack.
President Francois Hollande said the men had claimed to be from IS.
Speaking in Saint-Etiennedu-Rouvray, he said the attackers had committed a “cowardly assassination” and France would fight IS “by all means”.
Pope Francis decried the “pain and horror of this absurd violence”.