Paris: Attacker shouting Allahu Akbar shot near Louvre Museum
The knife-wielding assassin is said to attempted to charge soldiers in a building next to the famed museum housing many great works of art including the Mona Lisa of Leonardo Da Vinci.
A man carrying a knife or a machete who attempted to attack soldiers and guards near the Louvre museum in Paris was shot on Friday.
The man had rushed at soldiers and guards in the underground plaza next to the celebrated museum with the weapon drawn and shouted “Allahu Akbar”, Paris Police chief Michel Cadot told CNN.
The Police chief said the attacker was wearing two backpacks and could have had a second weapon. No explosives were found in the backpacks. The attacker is under arrest and has been hospitalized with a serious bullet injury in the stomach after a soldier shot at him five times.
About 250 visitors who were in the Louvre museum then were evacuated.
French President Francois Hollande praised the quick response to the attack.
Je salue le courage et la détermination dont ont fait preuve les militaires, ce matin, au Carrousel du Louvre
— François Hollande (@fhollande) February 3, 2017
Shortly after that, US President Donald Trump also tweeted.
A new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum in Paris. Tourists were locked down. France on edge again. GET SMART U.S.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017