Police said the two assailants were shot dead during an operation to free the hostages who were being held in the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, a southern suburb of Rouen located 128 kilometres north-west of Paris. The sources said a priest was killed by the assailants, who were armed with knives.

France hostage situation: two assailants killed, priest decapitated in Normandy church attack

Police said the two assailants were shot dead during an operation to free the hostages who were being held in the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, a southern suburb of Rouen located 128 kilometres north-west of Paris. The sources said a priest was killed by the assailants, who were armed with knives.