Deadly church attack in France carried out in The name of ISIS
A deadly hostage-taking situation at a Catholic church in Normandy, in which a priest was killed and another person seriously wounded, was a terrorist attack. French President Francois Hollande has said.
Speaking to journalists in the northern French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, where two men took five people hostage during morning Mass, Hollande said the attack was a “cowardly assassination” carried out “by two terrorists in the name of Daesh” — another name for ISIS.
In the latest Islamist atrocity to France, an 84-year-old Catholic priest, the Reverend Jacques Hamel, was killed when two men stormed the church in the northern region of Normandy,
Besides the slain priest, two nuns and two churchgoers had been taken hostage.
One of the hostages was seriously wounded, and is “between life and death,.
The situation ended when the two attackers were shot dead by police, The two killers came out and they were neutralized.
The priest’s killing comes on the back of a string of violent attacks across Europe in recent days, some claimed by the Sunni terror group ISIS, most notably an attack in the French city of Nice less than two weeks ago that left 84 dead.
France has been under a state of emergency since the Paris terror attacks in November last year.