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Live updates: Church attacker urges all Muslims to destroy France in new video

  • France is in shock after two Islamic State followers slit the throat of an elderly priest
  • The attackers stormed a Normandy church and took hostages before they were killed by police
  • The men apparently forced Father Jacques Hamel to kneel before killing him and filming it
  • Adel Kermiche, 19, has been named as one of the attackers
  • Kermiche was on probation and had twice attempted to travel to Syria
  • The other has been identified as 19 year old Abdel-Malik Nabil Petitjean
  • IS released a video of the pair pledging allegiance late on Wednesday
  • IS-affiliated news agency Amaq released another video showing Petitjean urging Muslims to destroy France and attack the West
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Armed men take several hostages in Normandy church

The hostages are being held in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. Credit: Google

Two men armed with knives have taken several people hostage in a church in a town in France's northern Normandy region, a police source said.

The source said between four and six people were being held by the assailants in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

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