A French soldier shot a machete-wielding attacker shouting "Allahu akhbar" outside the world-famous Louvre Museum in the center of Paris Friday morning, according to the UK Telegraph.
The man reportedly was stopped by soldiers who were patrolling the area outside the Carrousel du Louvre, a shopping mall beneath the museum. He pulled his weapon from a couple of bags he was carrying and tried to attack the patrol.
"That's when he got the knife out and that's when he tried to stab the soldier," Yves Lefebvre, a police union official, said. A French soldier opened fire on the attacker and shot him five times.
“The man is on the ground and is not moving,” one police source told Le Parisien newspaper. Some reports said he had been killed, but that has not been confirmed. One soldier was "slightly wounded" in the attack.
Police found two machetes and spray paint cans on the man.
Security forces subsequently evacuated the mall and surrounding area and began searching for any explosives that may have been planted there. The Rue de Rivoli running alongside the museum was closed to traffic. The Associated Press reported that the museum, one of the French capital's biggest tourist attractions, "went into effective lockdown, with no one allowed to leave and hundreds of tourists whisked to safety in special rooms."
Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve described the attack as clearly “terrorist in nature,” and the Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into “attempted murder... related to a terrorist enterprise.”
President Trump tweeted in response to the attack: "A new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum... France on edge again. GET SMART U.S." -- the last sentence apparently a reference to the risk of importing immigrants from Middle Eastern terror hotspots.