By Yaron Steinbuch, NY Post:
A soldier patrolling at the famed Louvre museum in Paris shot and seriously injured a machete-wielding man who yelled “Allahu Akbar!” – “God is great!” – Friday in what was described as a terrorist attack.
The assailant, who was carrying two machetes, whipped one out in the underground Carousel du Louvre shopping complex after four soldiers barred him from entering with two backpacks, authorities said.
“That’s when he got the knife out and that’s when he tried to stab the soldier,” police official Yves Lefebvre said.
The soldiers first tried to fight the unidentified man off before opening fire, said Benoit Brulon, a spokesman for the military force that patrols Paris and its tourist attractions. He was shot five times and listed in serious condition.
“The man is on the ground and is not moving,” a police source told Le Parisien newspaper.
The backpacks contained no explosives, police Chief Michel Cadot said.
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