Church at­tack: Priest killed by two ‘IS sol­diers’

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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”.

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