“Two lunatics have taken hostage a parish priest, two nuns, and several faithful in a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (Seine-Maritime).” Everything “has begun at 9:45 a.m.,” according to the public television France 3 Haute-Normandie, adding that the two men are armed with ‘‘cold steel’’.
The action of the special forces of the French police has been immediate. They seem to have “neutralized” – this is the exact word they used – the two knifemen. But when they entered the church, they found the priest’s body with his throat slit.
Meanwhile, two more people have been arrested in the investigation on the Nice massacre of July 14. According to France Info, one of them was in a picture taken in the lorry Mohamed Bouhlel had rented to carry out the massacre, in which 84 people were killed. “They have been placed in custody in a context where investigators are trying to determine whether the Tunisian young man might have benefited from logistical support”, says a judicial source. Then he adds that the two of them were arrested last night. Last Thursday, five other suspects, four men and a woman, were charged and placed in custody.