A Muslim man with a machete attacked a soldier near the Louvre in Paris, before he was shot. Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says the attack on the soldiers is a terrorist attack.
The attack occurred when the man was on his way into the mall Carrousel du Louvre, near the museum.
- An attacker armed with at least one machete, who carried backpacks, came against the policemen and the military, screaming "allahu akbar", police said at a news conference, according to France Info.
Pierre-Henry Brandt, spokesman for the French Interior Ministry, said that they have not identified the attacker, and do not know what nationality he has. Press spokesman for the Sentinelle force, Benoit Brulon, says he does not know if the attacker spoke French.
Another man has also been arrested, according to Pierre-Henry Brandt, spokesman for the Interior Ministry. He was inside the shopping center's premises when the attack occurred.
- It is unclear whether the person can be connected to the attacker, says Brandt, and stressed that they are very cautious in the current situation, and that the area is secured.
Anti-terror Police in Paris have opened an investigation after the attack.
The situation outside the Louvre is chaotic on Friday. There is a lot of traffic nearby, but impossible to get into the museum area, and it is unclear when the site opens again. The event creates more fear and tension in a capital already on high alert. In recent years, several terrorist attacks against the country has made an impression.
- The nearest soldier fired five shots and the attacker was seriously injured, including from a bullet in the stomach. He is alive and being cared for by health professionals, says Michel Cadot, head of the Police Prefecture of Paris.
There were four soldiers nearby when the attacker was shot. Cadot says that one of the soldiers suffered injuries to the head in the attack. The injured soldier is not the same one who opened fire on the attacker.
- The attacker expressed threats and a soldier opened fire to protect himself against aggression, said Cadot.
- He had a machete, perhaps several, or even another weapon, said Cadot.
There were no explosives in the two backpacks the man carried, police said at the press conference.
There were around 250 people inside the museum when the attack occurred. Several of those are school groups, who have had to wait several hours to get out again.
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