[ads1]A machete-wielding man shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ was shot five times in the stomach outside the Louvre in Paris this morning after he attacked four soldiers. A photo taken in the aftermath of the shooting shows a man on the ground surrounded by four soldiers (pictured, left).
French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has described the attack as ‘terrorist in nature’ and a terror probe has been launched by authorities.
- Louvre evacuated after soldier ‘fires at attacker’
- Man ‘armed with machete shouted Allahu Akbar’
- Attacker was carrying two bags, two machetes
- Solider ‘slightly wounded’ in attack
- PM says attack was clearly ‘terrorist in nature’
An estimated 1,250 people were inside the famous art gallery, home to the Mona Lisa, when the shooting happened. Images from inside the museum (top right) show schoolchildren cowering during the emergency lockdown.
A group of students and staff from Godalming College in Surrey were among those inside as emergency services responded to the attack. British Prime Minister Theresa May has advised Britons travelling to the French capital to be cautious in the heightened state of alert.
A French soldier opened fire on and wounded the man, who was reportedly trying to enter the Carrousel du Louvre, an underground shopping mall under the museum.