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Two men armed with knives 'shot dead' after hostage siege at French church

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Two knifemen have been shot dead after taking hostages in a church in France, local media have reported.

A priest, two nuns and several worshippers were involved in the incident in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, south of Rouen, in Normandy.

According to unconfirmed reports, the hostage takers were shot dead by police.

The French Police Nationale gave no details about the situation but sent a Tweet urging media not to cross security tape at the scene or take pictures or video.

Local reports said that one of the hostages died during the incident.

The police operation was completed by 11am French time (10am UK time). Officers from the elite anti-terrorist Raid squad were called in to assist local police.

The area around the church remained cordoned off and the old town was out of bounds.

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve was reported to be on his way to the scene.

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