Hostage taking under way at church in northern France

A hostage situation is under way at a church in northern France, local officials said Tuesday.

The church is located in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in the north-eastern department of Seine-Maritime.

It was not immediately clear how many people were being held. Newspaper Le Figaro cited police sources saying that two people with knives were holding five - including a priest and two nuns.

Regional news outlet France 3 reported that the incident began between 9 am and 9:45 [0700 and 0745 GMT].

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Last update: Tue, 26/07/2016 - 13:50
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