The man who allegedly tried to attack the Louvre museum in Paris, was and subsequently shot, was identified to be a 29-year-old Egyptian tourist.
According to French authorities, the man who was shot by soldiers at the Louvre museum when suspected to have intentions to carry out a terrorist attack, has been identified to be a 29-year-old Egyptian tourist.
According to the AFP, the man was armed with a knife, carrying a bag and trying to enter the Louvre’s underground shopping area.
The French police said the man attacked a soldier and was shouting “Allahu Akbar,” an Islamic phrase for “God is Great.” The police said they believed the man was intending to commit a terrorist attack.
The police found no weapons or explosives in the man’s bag. The bag reportedly contained paint spray cans. A second man was also arrested on the same day for “acting suspiciously”. The Louvre was temporarily closed due to the incident.
According to prosecutor Francois Molins, the man was thought to have travelled from Dubai to Paris last month. The man reportedly had no identity papers but information retrieved from his mobile phone showed that he had arrive in Paris on the 26th of January, after acquiring a one-month tourist visa.
Molins pointed out that the authorities have not yet formally established his identity. Despite not being named by French authorities, the name and photograph of the suspect has been circulating among private Egyptian media outlets.
The head of Paris’ police force said in a statement: “We are dealing with an attack from an individual who was clearly aggressive and represented a direct threat, and whose comments lead us to believe that he wished to carry out a terrorist incident.”
The suspect’s father claims that his son was innocent and that the French soldiers were wrong to open fire on him.