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Man shot by soldiers outside the Louvre in Paris during terror attack

PARIS, France. — The Paris police chief says a man armed with a machete and shouting “God is great” in Arabic launched himself at soldiers and police officers near the Louvre Museum.

One of the soldiers shot the attacker five times, gravely wounding him.

Police chief Michel Cadot says the attacker was also carrying two backpacks but they were later found not to contain any explosives.

One soldier had a minor scalp injury.

The museum in the center of Paris is one of the French capital’s biggest tourist attractions.

Soldiers on patrol are part of security measures that have beefed-up in the wake of terror attacks in France in 2015 and 2016.

Terror investigation

The French Prime Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, described the attack as “terrorist in nature.”

The Paris prosecutor announced a terror investigation.

About 250 visitors who were in the Louvre museum at the time were taken to a secure area and were being evacuated in small groups after checks were carried out.

A security cordon was set up after the incident, which began at 3 a.m. Central time.

French 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 present threat.

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, added: “In this context of terrorist threat that concerns every big city in the world, we saw how efficient and relevant Paris security features were.”