‘Hostages taken’ in French church

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Two armed men have taken hostages at a church near Rouen in northern France, media reports have said.

Reuters quoted a police source as saying between four and six people were being held by the men at the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

The France 3 network said a priest and two sisters, as well as churchgoers, were among those held.

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Hostage-takers at French church near Rouen are killed

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Police closed the road leading to the church

Two armed men who took hostages at a church near Rouen in northern France are now dead, the police have said.

The hostage-takers were reported to have been holding between four and six people at the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

A priest and two sisters, as well as churchgoers, were among those held, local media said.

France 3 television said a number of shots had been heard. Police and the emergency services are at the scene.

French TV said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was on his way to the town to be briefed by police.

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