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Normandy church attack

Priest killed after being taken hostage in church attack in France

A priest was killed after being taken hostage by two armed men in northern France on Tuesday morning, police say. The attackers stormed a church during mass in the Normandy city of Rouen and took several hostages, including the priest and two nuns, then slit the priest's throat before being killed by police, according to The Associated Press. One other hostage is in critical condition, the BBC reports.

The attack comes not even two weeks after an attacker killed 84 people in Nice with a truck, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility. France is still on high alert following the Nice attack, and last year's terrorist attack in Paris that left 130 people dead. Police say a motive for the Rouen hostage-takers isn't apparent, but anti-terrorism teams have been called to investigate.

Update 7:54 a.m.: French President François Hollande said the attackers claimed allegiance to the Islamic State.