More terror is unleashed on France with reports that a priest has been killed in the Normandy region of the country after two men armed with knives took hostages in a church before being shot dead by police.
According to the Guardian, a police source said the priest’s throat had been slit, while a French interior ministry spokesman added that a second hostage was in a life-threatening condition.
Local newspapers said the murdered priest, 92, was from the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen.
A total of five people, including two nuns and two worshipers – were taken hostage by the assailants. French media reports that the police got wind of the situation when one of the hostages managed to escape to raise the alarm.
A security official told the media that the identities of the attackers and motive for the attack were unclear.
France’s national police force issued a tweet urging people not to cross the cordoned off area or take photos or videos of the scene.
The French president, François Hollande, and the interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, were en route to Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy.
This latest attack is coming at a time when the European country is on high alert following a gruesome Bastille Day attack in Nice that killed 84 people and left hundreds with various degrees of injuries.