Knife-wielding man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' shot by soldier in Paris

Published: February 3, 2017
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Source says the man had been trying to get into the museum's underground shop and had attacked another soldier. PHOTO: REUTERS

Source says the man had been trying to get into the museum's underground shop and had attacked another soldier. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS: A French soldier on Friday shot and wounded a man armed with a knife after he tried to enter the Louvre museum in central Paris carrying a suitcase, police sources said.

One source said the man had been trying to get into the museum’s shopping mall and had attacked another soldier before being shot and seriously wounded.

According to police, the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar”, BBC News reported.

Police said the area had been evacuated and the interior ministry said on Twitter the incident was “serious”.

Louvre officials said the museum was closed and that visitors already inside when the attack took place were being kept there.

A Reuters witness at the scene said police had cordoned off access to the museum.

Woman charged over failed Paris attack

France has been hit by a series of militant attacks over the past two years that have killed more than 230 people and which have been claimed by the militant group Islamic State.

The most recent deadly attack took place in the southern city of Nice when a man drove a truck into a crowd on the seafront killing 86.

Two potential attacks were thwarted in September including one by a group of women who parked a car containing gas canisters near Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral.

The country is less than three months away from a presidential election in which security and fears of terrorism are among the key issues.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Feb 3, 2017 - 4:24PM

    Obviously he needs help . who in his right mind will shout like that that too with a mere knife nowadays . Recommend

  • Tp
    Feb 3, 2017 - 5:04PM

    It is the scariest cry in the entire universe !
    Check out Youtube.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Feb 3, 2017 - 5:26PM

    Trump! Trump! Trump!Recommend

  • Skippy
    Feb 3, 2017 - 10:47PM

    Nothing came out of his back pack when searched. Did he really said ‘Allah huakbar ‘ or is it one of those made up stories like in the past?Recommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Feb 4, 2017 - 7:41AM

    A passenger of Emirates was also arrested for scream Allahu Akbar during turbulence. Recommend

  • VGP
    Feb 4, 2017 - 8:48AM

    Always has to be a MuslimRecommend

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