Knife-wielding men take hostages in Normandy church, kill priest

SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France, July 26 (UPI) — Two men stormed a church near Rouen in northern France, taking five people hostage — including two nuns — and killing a priest before being shot and killed by police Tuesday morning, law enforcement said.

Police said the men, armed with knives, shouted “Daesh” before slicing the priest’s throat, using an alternate name for the Islamic State militant group. The motives for the slaying are unclear, and IS — ale identified as ISIS and ISIL — has not taken responsibility for the attack.

Another hostage injured in the attack is “between life and death,” Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henri Brandet said.

“I am horrified by the barbaric attack on the church in Seine-Maritime,” said Prime Minister Manuel Valls in a tweet. “All of France and her Catholic citizens have been wounded. We stand in solidarity.”

This attack comes a few weeks after a massacre in southern France on Bastille Day when a man drove a box truck through a crowd of people, killing 84 people.

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