Priest murdered in the name of ISIS in France

Priest murdered in the name of ISIS in France
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Two men stormed a Catholic church in Normandy, France, on Tuesday morning, killing a priest during mass and seriously wounding another person before being shot by police.

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French President Francois Hollande told reporters that the “cowardly assassination” was carried out by terrorists in the name of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to multiple reports.

It is the latest in a string of deadly attacks motivated by the terrorist group that has roiled the country. 

The two men took five hostages, including Rev. Jacques Hamel, an 84-year-old auxiliary priest who was performing mass that morning at the church in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, about 80 miles northwest of Paris.

Three were injured, one seriously, according to a statement by the archdiocese.

The identities of the attackers remain unclear, but the case has now been referred to Paris's anti-terror prosecutor.

The attack comes less than two weeks after a man believed to have been “self-radicalized” drove a cargo truck throughcrowds in Nice on Bastille Day, killing 84.

The country has been in a state of emergency since the November attacks in Paris last year, during which 130 people died.