Knife-Wielding Attacker Shot At Paris’ Louvre Museum

The attacker shouted "Allahu Akbar!" as he assaulted a French soldier outside the Paris tourist attraction

French police at the Louvre Museum — REUTERS
Feb 03, 2017 at 6:16 AM ET

An assailant wielding a machete shouted “Allahu akbar” as he attempted to attack security forces outside the Louvre Museum in Paris, before being shot by a soldier shot five times, severely wounding him.

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the incident appeared to be an “attack of terrorist nature.”

The attack occurred at around 10:00 a.m. local time at the Carousel du Louvre, a commercial underground shopping plaza near the entrance to the Louvre, one of the world’s most popular museums. Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said a second person also was arrested but his connection to the attack remains unclear.

One French soldier was lightly injured.

Paris police reported that the man was carrying two backpacks but was not holding additional weapons. French security forces have not revealed the assailant’s identity, but they are urging people to refer to official government updates and refrain from spreading unverified information.

The Louvre, along with other central Paris tourist sites, has been under increased security following a string of terror attacks in France over the last two years. At the time of the attack there were some 1,000 visitors inside the museum, all of whom were kept inside in safe areas, according to Brandet.