The Muslim attacker rushed toward a group of soldiers and guards in the Carrousel du Louvre, the underground plaza adjoining the museum, wielding the weapon while shouting the popular Islamic war cry “Allahu Akbar,” according to Paris Police Chief Michel Cadot. A soldier fired five shots at the attacker in response.
CNN Soldiers patrolling as part of France’s on-going State of Emergency stopped the attacker getting into the building. “He was carrying a suitcase and was refused access,” said a police source at the scene. The terrorist is now being treated for serious injuries in hospital after soldiers fired five shots during the suspected terror attack.
About 250 visitors who were in the Louvre museum at the time were taken to a secure area. They were evacuated in small groups after checks were carried out, as police sought to make sure no one else was involved in the attack.
In response to the attack, US President Donald Trump tweeted: “A new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum in Paris. Tourists were locked down. France on edge again.”