This appears to be another Muslim terrorist attack, this time in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen.
UPDATE 11:42 ET
In this BBC report there appears to be no mention of the beards on the attackers or the cries of Allah hu ackbar, which all other reports confirm. The BBC, like the CBC, appears to be a solidly established part of the Government-media complex which preserves the narrative that Islam is not the problem.
Through its news agency QAMA, organization Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen (Seine-Maritime). In its statement, published Tuesday, July 26, hours after the murderous hostage taking occurred during the Mass, the organization suggests the attack was perpetrated by "two soldiers”.
”Officially, no identity of the two hijackers is formally established, we are ensured by the Interior [Ministry]. But the name of one of the attackers circulating. It is, according to our information, a man who wanted to visit Syria in 2015 and who was arrested by Turkish police before being handed over to France and imprisoned in 2015. He had then an electronic bracelet attached in March 2016, a provision intended as an alternative to incarceration. The terrorism prosecutor had appealed the decision, but without success.
UPDATE: Church on Islamic State hit list
A list was discovered on suspected ISIS terrorist Sid Ahmed Ghlam who was arrested last April amid fears he was planning more attacks in France
We will have to wait until the French government demands that evidence of this man and his plans be destroyed before we get a sense of how much they knew.
A PRIEST has been beheaded and another hostage is ‘fighting for their life’ after two knife-wielding terrorists, reportedly shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’, took two nuns and several worshippers hostage at a church in northern France.
A third suspect has reportedly been arrested outside the church after a pair of ‘bearded’ attackers were shot and killed after raiding a Catholic mass at 9am in the French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen.
Express UK explains that some of the attackers have been killed and has video of the area
The hostage, said to be 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel, was killed by the attackers, who stormed a church in the town of Saint Etienne du Rouvray at around 10am local time (9am UK time).
The knifemen slit his throat after they entered the church by the back door shouting "Allah Akbar", according to local media.
A statement released by Islamic State this afternoon claimed two of its "soldiers" had carried out the attack.
The men were shot dead by police officers as they emerged from the church.
A number of shots were heard over a period of around 15 seconds as the incident came to an end.
Any updates will be added as the information becomes available.
All witnesses report bearded men shouting "Allah hu ackbar."