2 attackers slay priest, injure hostage in France church

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UPDATE:

9:47 a.m. — French prosecutors say one person has been detained during the investigation into a church attack that left one hostage dead and one seriously injured.

8:10 a.m. — Islamic State says church attack in France was carried out by two ‘soldiers’ from the group.


(ORIGINAL STORY)

NORMANDY, France — Two attackers seized hostages Tuesday in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen, killing a priest by slitting his throat before being shot and killed by police, French officials say.

Another person inside the church was seriously injured and is hovering between life and death, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet says.

Police say they managed to rescue three people from the church in the small northwestern town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Brandet says.

A priest and two sisters, as well as churchgoers, were among those held, local media says. The hostage-taking occurred during morning Mass, reports say.

The identities of the attackers and motive for the attack are unclear, according to a security official, who was not authorized to be publicly named.

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