Police Operation Underway Near Site of French Church Hostage-Taking Attack

© REUTERS / Christian HartmannFrench special police forces secure the area as shots are exchanged in Saint-Denis, France, near Paris, November 18, 2015 during an operation to catch fugitives from Friday night's deadly attacks in the French capital
French special police forces secure the area as shots are exchanged in Saint-Denis, France, near Paris, November 18, 2015 during an operation to catch fugitives from Friday night's deadly attacks in the French capital - Sputnik International
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Police are carrying out an operation a few miles from the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray church in northern France where a priest was stabbed to death in what French President Francois Hollande called a terrorist attack.

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PARIS (Sputnik) – Police are inspecting the house of one of the hostage takers' parents, according to preliminary information cited by BFMTV. The assailant and his accomplice were killed by police after slitting the throat of the 84-year-old priest and seriously injuring another victim in a small commune near Rouen.

Several people were seen being escorted from the building, according to the broadcaster.

The Daesh terror group, banned in many countries including Russia, claimed responsibility for the attack condemned by French, European and religious figures.

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