A group of four French soldiers were attacked Friday inside a shopping mall beneath the Louvre Museum in Paris by a machete-wielding man shouting “Allahu akbar,” authorities said.
One of the soldiers suffered minor injuries and the attacker was gravely wounded. A military spokesman said the soldiers tried to fight off the assailant before opening fire. The soldier who was slightly injured was not the soldier who opened fire, according to authorities.
The investigation is in its early stages, but the head of police told Reuters that– based on the attackers remarks– authorities believe the suspect wanted to carry out a terror attack at the famed museum.
The attacker was carrying 2 backpacks, but neither had explosives.
It is believed the suspect acted alone, but Reuters reported that a second person was arrested.
“We are dealing with an attack from an individual who was clearly aggressive and represented a direct threat, and whose comments lead us to believe that he wished to carry out a terrorist incident,” Michel Cadot, the head of the police force, said.
Staffers return to Louvre underground shopping mall shortly after shooting and roadblocks were reportedly cleared.