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CNN – A deadly hostage-taking at a Catholic church in Normandy, in which a priest was killed and another person seriously wounded, was a terror attack committed in the name of ISIS, French President Francois Hollande has said.
Speaking to journalists in the northern French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, where two men took five people hostage during morning Mass Tuesday, Hollande said the attack was a “cowardly assassination” carried out by “by two terrorists in the name of Daesh” — another name for ISIS.
The Catholic priest, the Rev. Jacques Hamel, 86, was killed when two men stormed the church in the northern region of Normandy, Dominique Lebrun, the Archbishop of Rouen, said in a statement posted on the diocese website. (The diocese had initially said Hamel was 84 but later confirmed to CNN that he was 86.)
Hamel had his throat slit in the attack, said Agnes Thibault Lecuivre, spokeswoman for Paris’ anti-terrorism prosecutor.
A man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the attack, Lecuivre said. He was arrested near the church, she told CNN.