French Church Attackers Shot Dead, 1 Hostage Killed

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Update: French President Hollande says two assailants in church attack claimed allegience to Islamic State. Islamic State says church attack in France was carried out by two `soldiers’ from the group.

Update: The Vatican has condemned the “barbarous killing” of a priest at a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy.

Update: Second hostage fighting for life after north France church attack. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls expresses ‘horror at barbaric attack on church’. Reports news agency AFP.

Paris: At least one person was killed on Tuesday during a hostage situation at a church near the northern French city of Rouen, a police source said.

The French interior ministry said that two hostage takers were “neutralised” in the attack. It was not immediately clear if the assailants had been killed or taken alive during a police operation.

One said between four and six people were being held by the assailants in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. The second source said five people had been taken hostage.

Live TV images showed police had blocked off the roads around the church and paramedics were seen pulling stretchers out of ambulances. The hostages included a priest, two nuns and two worshippers according to BFM TV.

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