A knife attacker was shot and disabled by soldiers at around 10 AM Paris local time. The knife attacker shouted the well known Islamist phrase Allahu Akhbar as he was trying to enter the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
The Louvre Museum was evacuated in the aftermath of the incident which was called a very serious security incident by the French Ministry of the Interior.
It was reported that a number of soldiers fired no less than five shots at the knife attacker who was crying Allahu Akhbar.
The Friday morning shooting incident took place after the assailant wielding a knife shouted threats and tried to enter the Louvre Museum whilst carrying 2 backpacks, according to the French journal Le Figaro.
After the attacker was shot in the stomach by soldiers, a bomb disposal unit has been sent at the scene, as the two backpacks were probably containing home-made explosive devices.
Here’s a video recorded by a bystander.
There are currently over 100,000 soldiers patrolling the streets in French, a country which still is under a National Emergency order following the Islamist terrorist attacks from 2016.
French soldiers were deployed to the streets for protecting places of worship, schools, railways stations, public places and sites of touristic interest which are prone to terrorist attacks.
The 100,000 soldiers are part of the operation Sentinel and they’re patrolling in three men teams. Today’s attack was also neutralized by a 3-men team patrolling the area when the incident took place.
Louvre is a world significant Museum which harbors some of humanity’s most valuable art works, including Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or the Aphrodite of Milos. The museum was evacuated at 10 AM this morning and currently is heavily guarded by the police. The Louvre metro station was also closed by the Parisian transit authority.
— Ministère Intérieur (@Place_Beauvau) February 3, 2017
Source: Le Figaro
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