Wednesday 19 September 2018

'Terrorist' is shot in attack on soldiers at the Louvre

Police at the Louvre Museum
Police at the Louvre Museum

A soldier shot and wounded a man who tried to attack him with a machete at the Louvre in Paris, in what French president Francois Hollande described as an incident of a "terrorist nature".

Police said the man, who was carrying two backpacks and had two machetes, reacted when soldiers told him he could not enter a shopping area below the museum with his bags.

The man tried to attack the soldiers after yelling "Allahu akbar", the Arabic phrase for "God is great".


The man was hit five times, including once in the stomach, Paris police chief Michel Cadot said.

The backpacks did not contain any explosives, he added. One of the soldiers was slightly wounded on the scalp.

Mr Hollande told reporters at an EU summit in Malta that there was "no doubt" the attack was of a "terrorist nature".

He said the situation around the Paris landmark was "totally under control" but the overall threat to France remains.

Mr Hollande said he expects the assailant to be questioned "when it is possible to do so".

US president Donald Trump claimed a "new radical Islamic terrorist" was behind the attack. He tweeted early yesterday that the US needs to "ge t smart" in light of the incident.

The Louvre will reopen today, culture minister Audrey Azoulay said as she visited soldiers guarding the museum as part of heightened security measures.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said a second person was also arrested but it is unclear if they were linked to the attack.

He added that about 1,000 people were inside the museum and were held in safe areas.

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