A man armed with “at least a machete” on Friday attacked soldiers shouting “Allah is Great” “Allahu Akbar” in the tourist shopping gallery of the Louvre Museum in Paris, before being seriously injured by gunshots.
“Visibly” is a “terrorist attack,” said French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. “We have to be cautious but it’s the information I have,” he added.
Around 10 am local time, a man “rushed over to police and four uniformed soldiers patrolling the area, uttering threats and shouting” Allahu Akbar “(Allah is Great), said the head Paris Police, Michel Cadot.
One of the military personnel fired “five bullets”, severely wounding the attacker, he said. One of the soldiers was slightly wounded in the head.
The attacker “wore at least one machete and perhaps had yet another weapon” as well as “two backpacks,” which “contained no explosives,” he added.
This incident occurred in the Louvre Carousel, the underground gallery of the famous Paris museum that has shops and restaurants.
Visitors who were currently inside the museum, about 250 people, were confined in a safe place, according to Cadot, and will be evacuated “in small groups.”
Police cordoned off the area and prevented the passage of vehicles including immediate pedestrians.
“Serious public security incident in progress in Paris in Louvre, priority given to the intervention by security forces,” writing in his Twitter account was the Ministry of Interior.
The Louvre is one of the most frequented museums in the world although the number of visitors fell 20% in the last two years.
“France is on high alert following a wave of jihadist attacks that left 238 dead and hundreds injured since January 7, 2015”, statistics show.
Uniformed Police and security patrol the streets of the French capital and its main tourist attractions every day.
In January 2015 a terrorist entered the headquarters of the satirical weekly and executed 11 people, including several of their prominent cartoonists.
Ten months later, a jihadist commander who swore allegiance to the Islamic State group attacked bars, restaurants, a concert hall and the national stadium in Paris on the night of November 13, 2015, killing 130 people.
Last July, a Tunisian extremist rolled up a truck to the fireworks crowd on July 14 in Nice, on the Côte d’Azur, killing 86 people.
A few days later, a Catholic priest was beheaded by two jihadists in a church in the north of France.
The Islamic State group, which loses ground in Iraq and Syria, continually threatens France for its participation in the international anti-jihadist military coalition in those two countries.
The Islamic State groups also called on its sympathizers to attack the “infidels” wherever possible.