Two men wielding knives have been shot dead after the pair took several people hostage in a church in Northern France.
Reports say the hostage taking took place during morning mass in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, which is about 128 kilometers northwest of Paris.
The two males took a priest, two nuns and a couple church goers hostage in the Normandy church, killing the 85 year old priest and seriously injuring the other in a standoff with police.
One of the nuns taken hostage said the attackers filmed themselves during the incident.
Police shot and killed the hostage takers as they emerged from the church.
France’s Interior Ministry says the Paris anti-terror prosecutor has taken over the investigation.
French President Francois Hollande says the two assailants in the church attack claimed allegiance to the Islamic State.
The attack is the latest in string of terror assaults in France over the last few weeks, including the mass killing in Nice, on Bastille Day.