A priest was "assassinated" and another person gravely wounded when two knife-wielding attackers linked to ISIS took several nuns and worshippers hostage during morning Mass at a church in northern France early Tuesday, NBC News reported.
A nun who was in the church said the victim, identified as 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel, was forced to the ground before his throat was slit.
The siege ended when the attackers were shot dead by police.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins identified one of the attackers as Adel Kermiche, who'd been caught trying to reach Syria, base of operations for ISIS, twice last year. The second attacker has not been identified.
Investigators found two fake bombs and three knives. One of the attackers wore a "false explosive belt" and another three knives, Molins said. The other attacker carried a pressure cooker — a device that terrorists have used to make bombs — wrapped in aluminum.