BREAKING: French church attacked during Mass, priest murdered
[The background and motive of the attackers not yet known or revealed]
Catholic World News – July 26, 2016
Two men with knives entered a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, during Mass and took a priest and several worshippers hostage, according to media reports.
The attackers slit the throat of the priest, identified by Father Jacques Hamel, 92, before police killed the attackers .
“The whole of France and all Catholics are wounded,” said Prime Minister Manuel Valls. “We will stand together.”
UPDATE (from the Daily Mail):
There were claims that the attackers shouted ‘Daesh’ – an alternative name for ISIS– as they ran into the church. At least one of the men was dressed in Islamic clothing, according to French media reports, and an anti-terrorist unit has already taken up the investigation.