Grisly Church Killing Shakes France

A priest was "assassinated" at a church in France early Tuesday when two knife-wielding attackers took both nuns and worshipers hostage.

French police officers stand guard in front of the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray's city hall, Normandy, France, after an attack on a church that left a priest dead, Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

Two attackers armed with knives invaded a church Tuesday during morning Mass near the Normandy city of Rouen, killing an 84-year-old priest by slitting his throat and taking hostages before being shot and killed by police, French officials said.

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French police officers and fire engine arrive at the scene of a hostage-taking at the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

The siege ended when the hostage-takers were "neutralized" at the church in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, police said. Another hostage was critically injured.


A policeman reacts as he secures a position in front of the city hall.

 The victim was named by Archbishop of Rouen Dominique Lebrun as Rev. Jacques Hamel, 86.

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French soldiers and a police officer stand guard as they prevent the access to the scene of an attack in Saint Etienne du Rouvray. Francois Mori / AP
A French police officer stands guard by Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray's city hall. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP - Getty Images
A policeman holds a HKG36 assault rifle as he secures the position in front of the city hall. PASCAL ROSSIGNOL / Reuters

French President Francois Hollande, left, holds and speaks with Hubert Wulfranc mayor of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray as he arrives in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

Hollande blamed the "cowardly acts" on ISIS-linked terrorists.

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A French soldiers stands guard as he prevents the access to the scene of an attack. Francois Mori / AP
Members of French special police forces of Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) are at the scene during a raid after a hostage-taking in the church. PASCAL ROSSIGNOL / Reuters
A French policeman arrests a man following a search in a house after the church terror attack. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP - Getty Images