NBC: Paris Shooting: Soldier Fires on Attacker Near Louvre Museum
A soldier opened fire on a man armed with a machete in an underground mall close to the world-famous Louvre museum in Paris, police said Friday.
Michel Cadot, the head of the French capital's police force, said the man shouted "Allahu akbar" — Arabic for "God is great" — during the incident.
A confrontation ensued around 10:00 a.m local time (04:00 ET) after a four-man patrol of soldiers told the man he could not proceed into the mall with his bags, officials said.
"That's when he got the knife out and that's when he tried to stab the soldier," police union official Yves Lefebvre told the Associated Press.
The man rushed at the soldiers, who attempted to fight him off, before one opened fire on him.
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