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Two attackers seized hostages Tuesday in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen, killing a priest by slitting his throat before being shot and killed by police, French officials said.
Another person inside the church was seriously injured and is hovering between life and death, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.
Police managed to rescue three people from the church in the small northwestern town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Brandet said. The hostage-taking occurred during morning Mass, he told reporters.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack.
The claim came in a statement published Tuesday by the IS-affiliated Aamaq news agency.
It said the attack near the Normandy city of Rouen was carried out by "two soldiers of the Islamic State."
It added the attack was in response to its calls to target countries of the U.S.-led coalition which is fighting IS.
The Paris prosecutor's office says one person has been detained in the investigation into the attack.
Prosecutor's office spokeswoman said the person was detained Tuesday, but gave no details on the identity or location. The spokeswoman spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.
The Paris prosecutor's office oversees investigations involving terrorism.
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