Paris has been the target of so much terrorism over the past couple of years, and today it nearly was again. The Times of Israel reports that a soldier outside the Louvre shot a terrorist who attempted a machete attack:
A French soldier shot and seriously wounded a man in a shopping mall beneath the Louvre Museum on Friday after he shouted “Allahu akbar” and tried to attack security forces with a machete, officials said.
The man was carrying two backpacks, and had two of the large knives. When soldiers and police officers on patrol told the man that he could not come in with his bags, he attacked, said Yves Lefebvre, a police union official.
“That’s when he got the knife out and that’s when he tried to stab the soldier,” he said. The soldier was slightly wounded on the scalp.
A soldier opened fire and the man was struck five times, once in the stomach, Paris police chief Michel Cadot said. The backpacks didn’t contain any explosives, he said.
A spokesman for the military force that patrols key sites in Paris said the four-man patrol of soldiers at the Louvre tried to fight off the assailant before one of them opened fire.
Spokesman Benoit Brulon said the soldier who was injured by the attacker was not the one who opened fire.
Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called the attack “terrorist in nature” after the incident that caused streets around the world-famous museum to be sealed off...