France Hostage Situation: Two Armed Men Shot Dead

The two armed men who took several people hostage in a church, in northern France, have reportedly been shot dead.

Two men who took hostages in a church in France’s northern Normandy region have been shot dead, according to French media reports.

The men, armed with knives, had taken several people hostage in a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, police told Reuters.

French media reported that five hostages were being held, and that a sixth escaped and raised the alarm. A priest, two nuns and two worshippers were reported to be among the hostages.

Firefighters told RTL that several people had been injured.

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