By John Smith • 26 July 2016 • 9:20
Police in Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray
UPDATE: Father Jacques Hamel, 84, dies after having his throat slit, according to reports and another hostage is in a serious condition. The beleaguered French president, François Hollande, who has travelled to the scene, said that the attack was carried out by “two terrorists who claimed to be from Isis”.
His Holiness Pope Francis has condemned the killing of Father Hamel and the attack by these men on consecrated and holy ground.
NEWS is breaking that two men of unknown nationality armed with knives took a number of people hostage including a priest and two nuns in a church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray on the morning of July 26.
Although no motive is given for the taking of the hostages, it is reported that French police stormed the church and have shot both men, releasing the hostages.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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