France: One hostage, two assailants killed in Normandy church siege

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July 26, 2016
Belfast Telegraph [Ireland]    
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"A priest has died from a slashed throat after two knifemen burst into a church as he celebrated mass, in what appears to be the latest in a string of terror attacks in France. Two men, believed to be the assailants, held members of the congregation hostage for an hour before being shot dead by police after emerging on to the courtyard of the church in Normandy, according to local reports. French newspapers suggested that the dead man was 92 years old and had served the community of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, south of Rouen, for decades. Police sources were quoted as saying that at least one of the two hostage-takers was bearded and was wearing a skullcap of the kind worn by some Muslims. ... French newspaper Le Figaro reported that the church was suspected to have been on a list of Catholic places of worship in the area around Paris drawn up as possible targets by Sid Ahmed Ghlam, an Algerian student arrested last year on suspicion of murdering a mother-of-one during a botched attempt to attack a church in Villejuif." (07/26/16)

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/priest-dies-from-slashed-throat-after-knifemen-burst-into-church-in-france-34913201.html  

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