PARIS (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, two armed men took five people hostage at the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray church in Normandy. The attackers were later killed. French President Francois Hollande said that the incident was a terrorist attack, adding that the attackers considered themselves to be fighters for the Daesh militant group.
The broadcaster added that the arrested attacker was released on March 2 but was ordered by a court to wear an electronic tracking device.
Daesh is a radical Sunni group notorious for its human rights abuses, which has claimed responsibility for a number of major terrorist attacks staged in different parts of the world. The jihadist group is outlawed in a number of countries, including Russia.