Update: No explosives in rucksacks worn by Paris Louvre attacker: police
Update: Knife-wielding assailant at Louvre was shot five times by soldier, who sustained light wounds in the attack.The soldier opened fire outside the museum after he was attacked by someone, police says. Attacker alive.
Update: Knife attacker at Paris’ Louvre shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, had machete, says police.
Paris: A French soldier on Friday opened fire on and wounded a man armed with a knife after he tried to enter the Louvre musuem in central Paris carrying a suitcase, police sources said.
One source said the man had been trying to get into the museum’s underground shop and had attacked another soldier before being shot and seriously wounded.
Police said the area had been evacuated.
The interior ministry said on Twitter the incident was “serious”.
A spokewoman for Louvre said the museum was “closed for the moment” but would not confirm reports it had been evacuated.
A witness at the scene said police had cordoned off access to the museum.
France has been hit by a series of militant Islamist attacks over the past two years.