According to authorities in France, an 86-year-old priest was murdered by two men, who claimed to be linked to ISIS, inside of his own church in France. The two individuals stormed the Catholic church, taking several hostages—including two nuns and two parishioners—and, according to some reports, beheaded the priest. One of the other hostages was also badly injured. The attackers were killed by police. President Francois Hollande called it a “cowardly assassination,” and vowed that his country would continue to fight the radical Islamic group.
France has been targeted by several high-profile terror attacks, including the murder of the staff of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last year, a mass shooting targeting concert goers and people eating at cafes in Paris and, recently, an attack carried out by man who rammed a truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice.