Knife-Wielding Terrorist Shot Near The Louvre

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Feb 03, 2017 10:35 AM
Knife-Wielding Terrorist Shot Near The Louvre

A man wielding a machete who reportedly screamed "Allahu Akbar" was shot and wounded near the Louvre on Friday morning. A soldier shot the man five times in the abdomen, and he was described as "gravely wounded." He was shot in the shopping mall underneath the museum.

The act was described by French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve as "terrorist in nature."

From the BBC:

PM Bernard Cazeneuve said the attack was "terrorist in nature". The Louvre is home to numerous celebrated art works, including the Mona Lisa.

The incident began at 10:00 local time (09:00 GMT) in the Carrousel du Louvre shopping centre at stairs leading to an entrance to the museum itself.

A patrol of four soldiers are reported to have tried to subdue the assailant using non-lethal force after he rushed at them.

When this failed and after one soldier was injured, five shots were fired. The suspected attacker was taken to hospital.

President Donald Trump tweeted that this attack means that the U.S. needs to "Get smart."