13:00 Jul. 26, 2016
Two men armed with blades took several people hostage in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy region
The assailants stormed the church and took hostage a priest, two nuns and two worshippers. Later they killed the priest, cutting his throat. One more person is seriously injured. Police killed both attackers and freed the victims. The roads around the church are blocked off, police operation is under way.
French President Francois Hollande is on his way to the site of the attack. Anti-terrorist prosecution unit has taken over the investigation into the attack. The identities and motifs of the assailants are still unknown.
This is the second attack in France in two weeks. 12 days ago a terrorist plowed a truck into a crowd in Nice. 84 people died.