One hostage has been killed in a standoff in a church in the northern French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray on Tuesday.The situation is over after the two hostage-takers were neutralized, BFMTV
Two men took a priest, two nuns and two churchgoers hostage in a church in the town in France’s Normandy region.
The Paris anti-terror prosecutor has taken over the investigation into the attack, France’s Interior Ministry said in a statement.
A police cordon has been set up around the scene in the town, about 108 kilometers (67 miles) northwest of Paris.
A witness, Dominique Michot, said the hostage situation was underway when he arrived at his nearby workplace shortly before 10 a.m. local time.
Michot, a baker, said he heard several rifle bursts at about 10 a.m.
He then heard police talk on their radios about an incoming bomb squad.
French President Francois Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are on their way to the scene, officials confirmed.