Published: Sat, February 04, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

Machete attacker shot in Paris' Louvre

Machete attacker shot in Paris' Louvre

A soldier has opened fire at a man who was carrying two machetes outside the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

The museum is one of central Paris' biggest tourist attractions and is one of the most-visited museums in the world. One of them shot him at least three times, hitting him in the stomach. Another soldier opened fire, gravely wounding the attacker.

Michel Cadot, the head of the French capital's police force, said the man shouted "Allahu akbar" - Arabic for "God is great" - during the incident.

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"I would like to pay tribute the extreme reactivity and efficiency of police forces and military forces of the 'operation Sentinelle, '" Hidalgo said, adding that the injured soldier's actions likely prevented a future attack.

He was carrying two backpacks but they did not contain any explosives.

Sources investigating the incident said the attacker is a 29-year-old man, adding he said in his visa application he was Egyptian-born.

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When the soldiers challenged him, he attacked two of them. The attacker, who tried to attack soldiers guarding the Louvre with a machete, was shot five times and is hospitalized.

The soldiers were deployed as part of the "Sentinelle" mission, established in January 2015 after two brothers of Algerian original murdered 12 people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The group killed 130 people in a series of shootings and bombings in November 2015, and its followers have killed shoppers at a Kosher supermarket, a police officer and his wife and a Catholic priest.

Police said the incident took place at the basement level, near a shopping area.

A second individual was taken into custody following the attack, but Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said it would be up to prosecutors to determine his involvement, if there was any.

And last July, a Tunisian extremist rammed a lorry through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice on France's south coast, crushing 86 people to death.

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