Residents of the small French town where knife-wielding attackers interrupted a church service and killed a priest, lay candles and flowers at a makeshift memorial. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Residents of the small French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray gathered on Tuesday evening (July 26) to remember the priest murdered in an attack earlier in the day. Knife-wielding attackers interrupted a French church service, forced the priest to his knees and slit his throat Tuesday morning. The two male attackers arrived during morning mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, a working-class town near Rouen, northwest of Paris, where the 85-year-old parish priest, Father Jacques Hamel, was leading prayers. They were shot and killed by police as they came out of the church shouting "Allahu akbar" ("God is Greatest"). Three other worshippers were held hostage until the assailants were killed, one of them was badly wounded during the attack. Mourners laid flowers and candles in front of the town hall, many visibly shaken with tears streaming down their faces. News agency Amaq, which is affiliated with Islamic State, said two of its "soldiers" had carried out the attack. Police said one person had been arrested. Tuesday's attack came less than two weeks after a Tunisian plowed a truck into a crowd in the French Riviera city of Nice, killing 84 people. Islamic State claimed that attack.