PARIS: French police “neutralised” two men armed with blades who had taken several people hostage in a church in northern France on Tuesday, the police said. Utv Pakistan Report
A police source said that one of the hostages had been killed with a blade in the attack which took place in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, south of Rouen. French media reported the attackers cut the throat of the priest.
French President Francois Hollande was on his way to the site of the attack.
It was not immediately clear if the assailants were killed or taken alive in the police operation that ended the assault. Earlier, a French security official said police killed the attackers who used knives to seize hostages in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen, Reuters said.
The official said the identities of the attackers and motive for the attack on Tuesday are unclear. Interior Minister Bernard Cazenevue is en route to the town of Saint-Etienne-en-Rouvray where the hostage-taking took place, according to the official, who was not authorized to be publicly named.
The incident comes as France is under high alert after an attack in Nice that killed 84 people and a string of deadly attacks last year claimed by the Islamic State group.
Two men armed with blades took several people hostage in a church in France’s northern Normandy region on Tuesday, two police sources said.
The source 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.