Terrorists ‘Who Claimed Allegiance to ISIS’ Kill Priest Following Hostage Situation in Northern France


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Terrorists ‘Who Claimed Allegiance to ISIS’ Kill Priest Following Hostage Situation in Northern France

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PHOTO: French police officers and firemen arrive at the scene of a hostage-taking at a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, northern France, on July 26, 2016 that left the priest dead.

French President Francois Hollande said today’s attack and hostage situation at a church in Normandy was carried out by “terrorists who claimed allegiance to ISIS.”

Hollande said he spoke to the family of a priest who was killed in the attack as well as one of the hostages. The French president is slated to meet with the Archbishop of Normandy and representatives from all faiths later today.

Two armed men entered the church shortly before 10 a.m. local time, during morning mass, and took five people hostage at the church in a suburb of Rouen — located roughly 80 miles northwest of Paris. A nun and a parishioner were among the hostages, and one person was seriously injured, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

Police ultimately killed the two hostage takers, officials said.

PHOTO: French President Francois Hollande speaks to the press as he leaves the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvrays city hall following a hostage-taking at a church of the town on July 26, 2016 that left the priest dead.
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French President Francois Hollande speaks to the press as he leaves the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray’s city hall following a hostage-taking at a church of the town on July 26, 2016 that left the priest dead.more +
PHOTO: A policeman secures a position in front of the city hall after two assailants had taken five people hostage in the church at Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen in Normandy, France, July 26, 2016.
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A policeman secures a position in front of the city hall after two assailants had taken five people hostage in the church at Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen in Normandy, France, July 26, 2016.more +

The motive is not yet known, but the Paris persecutor’s office has opened up a terrorisminvestigation following the attack.

An official said police were called after someone from inside the church alerted authorities.

Police are on site and the neighborhood is on lockdown.

The church had not received specific threats, according to officials.

The Vatican called the situation an act of “absurd violence” and said that the pope strongly condemned “every form of hate” and “prayed” for the victims affected.

ABC News’ Louise Dewast, Kirit Radia and Hugo Leenhardt contributed to this report.

This story is developing, pleases check back for updates.

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