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French soldier shoots man outside Louvre after attempted attack

The man allegedly pulled out a machete and attacked security officers after being denied entry to a shopping center under the museum.

By Stephen Feller
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French soldier shoots man outside Louvre after attempted attack
Security forces keep vigil in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, on February 3, 2017 which was closed following a terror attack. The area was sealed off after an assaillant was shot and wounded after he attacked soldiers on patrol in the Louvre's underground mall. Photo by Maya Vidon-White/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 3 (UPI) -- French officials shut down a Paris museum on Friday after a soldier shot a man who allegedly pulled out a machete when he was denied entry with two backpacks.

The Louvre museum and all surrounding public transportation were shut down after a man allegedly attempted to stab a soldier when he was not let inside an underground shop because he was carrying two backpacks, officials in Paris said.

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A soldier opened fire on the attacker, firing five times and injuring him in the stomach. French officials said the man was alive.

Police said the suspect shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he attacked the soldier, an Arabic phrase meaning "God is greatest."

The attack happened in the Carousel du Louvre underground shopping center near the museum, which was closed to the public within minutes of the attack being reported.

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve described the attack as "terrorist in nature." Officials said no explosives were found in the man's bags and that an investigation is ongoing.

There were 250 people inside the museum when the attack happened. The Interior Ministry said the people were being interviewed and were expected to be released in small groups.

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