Priest killed while being held hostage in France

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Written by amyavent

Two armed men entered the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during mass this morning, taking the priest and four other people hostage. 

The French priest, ages 92, had served the area for decades, it is reported that he had his throat slit by the attackers.

Pierre-Henri Brandet, French interior ministry spokesman, said, while talking to the BBC, that one of the hostages had been “critically wounded” and that the armed men had been “neutralised” after exiting the church.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls tweeted his horror towards the”barbaric attack” saying: 

“The whole of France and all Catholics are wounded. We will stand together,”.

Key facts

  • Two armed men entered a Church in northern France during mass this morning
  • The priest and four other victims were taken hostage
  • The priest, aged 92, has been killed, it is reported that the armed men slit his throat