After entering the Louvre Museum in Paris wielding a machete, a suspected terrorist was shot multiple times by French soldiers, leaving him seriously wounded.
The male had attacked two military personnel before they opened fire on him near the museum’s shopping mall.
French police say a second man was detained for acting suspiciously.
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In addition to the machete, the man was also carrying two bags, though the head of Paris police, Michel Cadot, said they contained no explosives.
“The soldier fired five bullets,” said Cadot, “It was an attack by a person…who represented a direct threat and whose actions suggested a terrorist context.”
A military spokesperson said the suspect initiated the machete attack after being refused entry to the museum’s shopping complex by a four-man patrol of French soldiers.
Heightened security at key locations throughout Paris has become a new norm since a recent string of terror attacks killing a total of 230 people.
France has been living under a state of emergency since November 2015 after 130 people were killed in Paris by Islamic extremists inside Bataclan theater.
Today’s machete attack will only heighten the public’s concerns over national security and terrorism, especially given the country’s upcoming presidential election.
“We heard at least four shots,” said one female witness on the scene, “At first I thought it was fireworks. And right away, after the shots, I heard all the people, colleagues maybe, who were shouting, ‘Get out! Get out!’”