Islamic terrorists in France have attacked a Catholic church, murdering a priest. They also took nuns and parishoners hostage. The terrorists were eventually killed by police. Another hostage was gravely injured by the terrorists.
Two knife-armed terrorists who claimed ISIS affiliation, have attacked a Catholic church in St. Etienne-du-Rouvrary. The town is northwest of Paris.
The two attackers hit the church at 9am, during Mass, sneaking in through a back entrance. They shouted "Allahu Akbar" as they attacked. They slit the throat the parish priest, Jacques Hamel, 84, after forcing him to his knees.
The terrorists took four other people hostage, two nuns and two parishioners. One of these people was also seriously injured, but their identity has not been released.
A third nun managed to escape the attack and alerted authorities who were on scene within minutes. Eventually, the two terrorists exited the building and were promptly shot dead by police.
One of the attackers has been identified as a local man who had aspirations of joining ISIS. The man had been previously arrested by police for attempting to travel to Syria. He was forced to wear an electronic monitoring device and was required to keep a curfew. His curfew was from 8:30am to 12:30pm. The attack took place between 9am and 11am.