Hollande says hostage-takers pledged allegiance to Islamic State

French President Francois Hollande said that a hostage-taking Tuesday at a church in Upper Normandy was carried out "by two terrorists claiming to be followers of Islamic State."

An 84-year-old priest was killed and another person was seriously injured before the two assailants were killed by police.

Hollande travelled to Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Upper Normandy, where he said that he had spoked with the survivors.

In a statement released by the Elysee Palace before Hollande addressed journalists, the president condemned a "cowardly terrorist attack" and said that he spoke with Archbishop Georges Pontier and extended his support and compassion to the Catholics of France.

Last update: Tue, 26/07/2016 - 14:03
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