French terror police are taking over the investigation into a church siege in which a priest was killed.
Five hostages - including a priest, two nuns and two worshippers - were held in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, south of Rouen, in Normandy.
The hostage takers - two men armed with knives - were shot dead by police.
French President Francois Hollande is on his way to the site of church attack in which several hostages were taken and one was killed.
One of the five hostages taken by two armed men in a church in Normandy has been killed.
French police confirmed a priest died after being attacked with a knife.
One of the members of the congregation was also seriously injured.
The hostage situation in a church in Normandy is over, police have said.
ITV News Security Editor Rohit Kachroo tweeted:
Reports from France suggest some of the hostages may be wounded but the two hostage takers have now been shot dead by police.
Two men who took several hostages in Normandy have been shot dead by police.
There were reports the men, armed with knives, had taken a priest, two nuns and possibly two other people hostage in a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.
Shots have reportedly been fired at a church where several hostages are being held by two armed men.