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Pair of Islamic terrorists butcher priest in Northern France during hostage standoff

July 26, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Pair of Islamic terrorists butcher priest in Northern France during hostage standoff

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A pair of ‘Islamic’ terrorists butchered an 86-year-old priest after seizing hostages at a French church before being shot dead by police on Tuesday.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said one other person remains in grave condition after he was severely injured.

The senior security official said the identities of the attackers or the motive for the attack remains unclear.

The two suspects stormed the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near the city of Rouen in Normandy around 9 am taking five people including the priest, two nuns and two parishioners hostages.

According to the Daily Mail, the priest named Jacques Hamel, who was first ordained in 1958, had his throat cut by the assailants before elite marksman with French authorities killed both suspects.

“A nun, who managed to escape, raised the alarm, and within minutes the anti-terrorists task force arrived on the scene,” said a local resident.

‘It appears that the priest who was celebrating the service was attacked first, and had his throat cut.”

Brandet said both French President Francois Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve were en route to the northwestern town.

He added the RAID special intervention force was searching the church and its perimeter for possible explosives. Terrorism investigators have also been summoned.

France has remained on high alert since the attack in Nice on Bastille Day — July 14 — that killed 84 people and a string of deadly attacks last year claimed by the ISIS that killed 147 victims.

In the wake of the attacks, France has also remained under a state of emergency and has increased police presence throughout the country.

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