Church attack in France: IS claims credit
A Catholic priest is murdered in another horrific, violent attack in France:
A priest has been killed in an attack by two armed men at his church in a suburb of Rouen in northern France.
The attackers entered the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during Mass, taking the priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, 84, and four other people hostage.
Police later surrounded the church and French TV said shots were fired. Both hostage-takers are now dead.
President Francois Hollande said the men claimed to be from so-called Islamic State (IS).
Speaking in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, he said the attackers had committed a “cowardly assassination” and France would fight IS “by all means”.
The IS-linked Amaq news agency said “two soldiers of the Islamic State” had carried out the attack.
Pope Francis decried the “pain and horror of this absurd violence”.