Assailants take hostages in France: Twitter says ‘things will only get worse’

Both assailants have been reportedly "neutralised" by the police, and one hostage has been killed.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 26, 2016 6:17 pm
(Source: Twitter/@fredveille) (Source: Twitter/@fredveille)

France came under attack again on Tuesday as two men armed with knives took several hostages in a church in the country’s northern Normandy region.

The total number of hostages held by the assailants in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray wasn’t immediately clear but multiple reports placed it between four to six. TV images showed police had blocked off the roads around the church and paramedics were seen pulling stretchers out of ambulances.

Both assailants have been reportedly “neutralised” by the police, and one hostage has been killed.

The police also asked everyone to not cross the security perimeter to take pictures and videos and disrupt police work.

French President Francois Hollande said, “Daesh has declared war on us, we must fight this war by all means, while respecting the rule of law, what makes us a democracy.”

Meanwhile, Islamic State’s Amaq news agency said in a statement, “Two Islamic State ‘soldiers’ carried out the Normandy church attack in France. “They carried out the operation in response to the call to target the countries of the crusader coalition,” the Amaq statement added.

Here are the visuals from the scene:

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