Two knifemen ‘shot dead’ by French police after taking hostages in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray church

The French Police Nationale gave no details about the situation but sent a Tweet urging media not to cross security tape at the scene or take pictures or video.

The incident follows in the wake of the Nice Bastille Day lorry attack. Eighty-four people were killed and over 300 injured after a lorry was driven through a crowd of revellers on the French Riviera city.

Paris anti-terrorist prosecutor will take on investigation into church attack in Normandy, France, says interior ministry spokesperson – Reuters

French president Francois Hollande on way to visit site of church attack in Normandy, France – Reuters

Priest killed with blade in hostage situation in northern France, police say – Reuters

french-hostageLocal reports said the two attackers stormed the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during a service, taking the priest, two nuns and several members of the congregation hostage.

Twitter hashtag: #Normandy

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“The men’s motives are still unknown.”

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Terror unit take over investigation into church siege

1 among Normandy church hostages seriously injured, between life and death, French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet says – AP

French prosecutors say 1 person has been detained in investigation into church attack – AP