French authorities have opened a terror investigation after a soldier shot a man wielding a machete near the Louvre museum in Paris.
The man had rushed toward a group of soldiers and guards in the Carrousel du Louvre, the underground plaza adjoining the museum, according to Paris police Chief Michel Cadot. Wielding the weapon, the man shouted “Allahu akbar,” Cadot said. The Arabic phrase translates to “God is greatest.”
The soldier fired five shots in response.
The attacker was wearing two backpacks and may have had a second weapon, Cadot said. He was seriously injured by a bullet to the stomach. One soldier was slightly injured on the scalp.
No explosives were found in the backpacks of the man, who was conscious when he was taken into custody, Cadot said.
The attacker has been taken to a hospital for treatment, CNN’s French affiliate BFM-TV reported.
Authorities have described him as a 29-year-old Egyptian and resident of the United Arab Emirates, but are withholding his name. He was issued a tourist visa in Dubai on November 8 and arrived in Paris on January 26, authorities said.
Another person was arrested, the French Interior Ministry said, although it was not immediately clear whether he or she was connected to the attack.
About 250 visitors who were in the Louvre at the time were taken to a secure area. They were evacuated in small groups after checks were carried out, as police sought to make sure no one else was involved in the attack.
A security cordon was set up after the incident, which began at 10 a.m. (4 a.m. ET.)
President Francois Hollande praised the response to the attack, tweeting: “I salute the courage and determination showed by the military this morning at the Carrousel du Louvre.”
Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux hailed the police and military for their calm and professionalism in subduing the attacker — and said the incident was a reminder of the current threat.
He tweeted that he was meeting with security officials in Paris before visiting the injured soldier in hospital.
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said: “In this context of terrorist threat that concerns every big city in the world, we saw how efficient and relevant Paris security features were.”