Attackers Storm French Church and Take Hostages, Killing One


In this image from a video, police officers are closing a road after hostages were taken on Tuesday at a church in Normandy, in northern France.

BFM, via Associated Press

PARIS — Two men stormed a church in northern France and took a number of hostages — including a priest, two nuns and several worshipers — Tuesday morning before the assailants were “neutralized” by the police, officials said.

The mayor’s office in the town of St.-Étienne-du-Rouvray, a suburb of Rouen about 65 miles northwest of Paris, confirmed that a police operation was underway and that the neighborhood around the church had been sealed off.

An official at the Roman Catholic diocese of Rouen confirmed that one person at the church had been killed but said that the church officials were trying to confirm the victim’s identity.

At 10:56 a.m., the National Police urged residents via Twitter to keep away from the scene and not enter the perimeter around the church. At 11:15 a.m., the police said that the crisis was over, with two hostage-takers “neutralized” by the police, and that the police were still taking stock of whether people were killed or wounded.

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