Priest murdered in Normandy church attack claimed by Islamic State: update

A priest was murdered and one of his parishioners left in a critical condition by two knife-wielding men acting in the name of Islamic State group (IS) who attacked a Normandy church during a celebration of Mass on Tuesday morning. IS later claimed responsibility. The assailants, who had cut the 85-year-old priest’s throat in front of a small group of nuns and worshipers, and who attempted to cut the throat of a parishioner, were shot dead by police as they came out of the church in what is believed to be the first attack on a Catholic place of worship in Europe by Islamic extremists. Paris public prosecutor François Molins provided further details about the attack on Tuesday evening. Graham Tearse reports.

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An 85-year-old priest was murdered and one of his parishioners was left in a critical condition after two men stormed a church near Rouen, in Normandy, on Tuesday morning in an attack which was later claimed by the Islamic State group, less than a fortnight after a Bastille Day attack in Nice claimed by the jihadist group which left 84 dead.