Man With Machete Yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ Shot Down Outside the Louvre in Paris


French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says that an incident Friday with a machete-wielding man near the Louvre in Paris is “obviously of a terrorist nature.”

The man was reportedly yelling “Allahu Akbar,” before attacking a security guard before he was shot down by a nearby soldier. According to the head of the Paris police force Michael Cadot, one soldier suffered a minor injury in the exchange.

CBS reports indicate that the man was armed with two machetes and two backpacks when he was shot down trying to enter the famed Paris museum on the Seine.

According to NPR’s Jake Cigainero, “The Paris police chief said the attacker tried to enter the Louvre’s underground shops with two backpacks. Authorities have not said what was in the bags but confirmed there were no explosives.”

UPDATE – 1:08 p.m. EST: Reports indicate that the man’s bags were filled with paintspray cans, and no explosive devices were found at the scene.

French President Francois Hollande addressed the news during a meeting with EU leaders in Malta, during which he praised the soldiers and said the situation was under control. “This operation undoubtedly prevented an attack whose terrorist nature leaves little doubt,” Hollande said.

The attacker is still believed to be alive, and Hollande said that authorities will be questioning him once his wounds are treated. Euronews reports that a second man was arrested near the Louvre after police noted suspicious behavior.

The museum is closed for the day, but is expected to reopen tomorrow.

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