Paris: Two attackers killed a priest with a blade and seriously wounded another hostage in a church in northern France on Tuesday before being shot dead by French police.
There were no immediate details on the identity or motives of the two assailants but the investigation was handed to the anti-terrorist unit of the Paris prosecutor’s office.
A police source said it appeared that the priest had had his throat slit. The Vatican condemned what it said was a “barbarous killing”. “At one point, the two assailants came out of the church and that’s when they were killed by the BRI elite force,” Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told France Info radio, referring to France’s specialised police group.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls branded the attack “barbaric” and said it was a blow to all Catholics and the whole of France.