Police officers and soldiers patrol in front of the Louvre museum in Paris on February 3, 2017 after a soldier shot and gravely injured a man who tried to attack him, according to sources/ AFP / Alain JOCARD
Police officers and soldiers patrol in front of the Louvre museum in Paris on February 3, 2017 after a soldier shot and gravely injured a man who tried to attack him, according to sources/ AFP / Alain JOCARD

By Concise News Correspondents 

A soldier guarding the Louvre in Paris is reported to have shot a man who attempted to attack a security patrol with a machete shouting “Allahu Akbar”.

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Police sources were reported to have said the man tried to gain entry to the Louvre’s shopping centre before he was shot in the abdomen.

It was also gathered that the attacker was seriously injured.

“Serious public security incident under way in Paris in the Louvre area,” the interior ministry was quoted to have tweeted by AFP news agency, as streets in the area were cordoned off to traffic and pedestrians.

Media reports say he was carrying either suitcases or a rucksack. However, no explosives have been found.

Meanwhile, report says a big security operation is under way and the interior ministry has described the situation as “serious”.

The Louvre is also reported to have been evacuated.

Police, according to reports, were quoted to have said the soldier fired five shots at the man, who was brandishing a machete.