‘Islamic State’ Chanting Attackers ‘Behead’ Priest During Morning Mass In France

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An elderly priest has been killed in a hostage situation in a church south of Rouen, Normandy, northern France this morning by alleged Islamist attackers. His killers, who are understood to have been shot dead by French police. UPDATE 1230 BST — Image of slain priest A picture of the elderly Father Jacques Hamel has emerged on Facebook. Eulalie Garcia, who works near the church, told the British Express: “He was someone who was treasured by the community. He was very discreet and didn’t like to draw attention to himself.” UPDATE 1220 BST — Archbishop of Rouen describes alleged Islamist killers as “victims” in statement Away from his diocese at the World Youth Day celebrations in Krakow, Poland the archbishop of Rouen has released a statement on the death of one of his priests this morning, which strangely seems to identify both the slain clergyman and his killers as “victims”. He said: “I have learnt with sadness of the killing this morning at the Church of Saint-Etienne du Rouvray. The three victims: the priest, Father Jacques Hamel, 84, and the perpetrators of the assassination. “Three other people were injured, one very seriously. I cry out to God with all men of good will.
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