Published: Sat, February 04, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

Soldier shoots man with machete trying to enter Louvre in Paris

Soldier shoots man with machete trying to enter Louvre in Paris

As the suspect approached, a soldier opened fire, hitting him in the stomach and head. As per the interior ministry of France, the soldier received minor injuries during the attack.

According to reports the attacker was shot in the legs and seriously injured.

Michel Cadot, Paris's police chief, said the man cried out "Allahu Akbar!" and was suspected to have been trying to carry out a terrorist attack.

Trump's administration did acknowledge the attack - when Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested it was justification for the Muslim refugee ban, before details of the identity of the shooter had been confirmed.

The attacker tried to assault the soldier with a knife, according to Reuters.

Paris police reported that the man was carrying two backpacks but was not holding additional weapons.

Officials said no explosives were found in the man's bags and that an investigation is ongoing. The British paper reported the attacker's shout of "Allahu Akbar" - known as the Takbīr in Arabic, it is a common Islamic phrase meaning "God is the greatest". Officials also arrested a second person, although it's still unknown if he was involved.

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The museum, one of the French capital's most popular tourist attractions, was put on lockdown after the attack and as many as 250 visitors were. Police sealed off entrances around where the attack took place and closed the area to vehicles, snarling traffic in a busy part of central Paris.

Walstrum said that that he was held with around 150 people in the museum's Mona Lisa room, before they were patted down and released.

The timing was also unfortunate: just hours before Paris finalized its bid for the 2024 Olympics.

French President Francois Hollande says there's "no doubt" that the attack on the Louvre Museum was of a "terrorist nature".

The incident sparked fresh jitters in a country still reeling from a string of terror attacks over the last two years and under a state of emergency since November 2015.

Gunmen and suicide bombers from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group attacked bars, restaurants, a concert hall and the national stadium in Paris.

On Bastille Day, 86 people were killed, including two Americans, when a man driving a truck plowed through a celebration in Nice.

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