Priest killed in France church attack
July 26, Paris: An 84-year-old priest has been killed after two knife-wielding men burst into a church in France's northern Normandy region, according to the interior ministry.
The Paris-based AFP news agency, citing the ministry, said a second hostage was "fighting for life" after the incident in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray on Tuesday.
Police told the Reuters news agency that the priest was "killed with a blade," adding that it looked like his throat had been slit.
Two assailants entered the church during a morning service, Al Jazeera reported.
The motive for the killing was not yet clear, but the Paris prosecutor's office said the case had been handed to "anti-terrorism" judges for investigation.
French President Francois Hollande was on his way to Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, his office said.
The Vatican in a statement called the incident a "barbarous killing”, saying it was even more heinous because it happened in a sacred place.
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