The man, badly wounded in the stomach by a shot from a defence of one of the soldiers, was still hospitalized at the hospital Pompidou in the early evening and his prognosis was “committed,” said the prosecutor, Francois Molins, in a statement to the press.
If its identity is not “proven” according to the prosecutor of Paris, the investigations conducted on his mobile phone, on the files of visa europe, and during a search in an apartment in the Eighth arrondissement of Paris lead to a man lawfully entered France on 26 January by a flight from Dubai.
“This research allowed for the identification of an individual 29-year-old and of egyptian nationality. The photograph recorded on (the file) Visa Bio corresponds to that of the author of the attack. This individual does not emerge as being known to the file automated fingerprint French“, said Mr Molins.
The investigations will still need to be “determine the motivations of the author and find out if he acted alone, spontaneously, or on the contrary on the statement,” explained François Molins.
- “A machete in each hand“-
The investigations allow to retrace its journey to Paris, where he arrived with a tourist visa on the 26th of January.
He rented a car the day after his arrival and then bought the 28 January in the liquid two machetes “40 cm each” in an armory near the place de la Bastille.
It is with these two machetes that he was attacked on Friday at around 09: 50 AM four soldiers on patrol in the basement of the mall of the Carrousel du Louvre, “in an area upstream of the control point bags,” said the prosecutor of Paris.
Dressed in a black T-shirt with death’s head and “armed with a machete in each hand, arms raised and folded behind the head“, “he rushed upon them shouting +Allah Akbar+” and “knocked on the head, a first member“, explained François Molins.
After you have tried to push the assailant for the first time without the use of his weapon, a second soldier opened fire, four times, wounding him “very serious“. The individual was also carrying a backpack, “containing spray-cans of paint“.
The soldier, lightly injured to the scalp has been taken care of at the military hospital Percy in Clamart. “It will,” said Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, during a visit to the site of the attack with his counterparts of the Interior and of Culture, Bruno Le Roux, and Audrey Azoulay.
the soldiers of the 1st Regiment of chasseurs parachutistes (1er RCP) of Pamiers are part of 3.500 military Sentinel deployed to Paris.
“I was on the stairs when I heard shots … It was weird, nobody knew what to do, I saw people running, everyone was freaked out,” says Svetlana, an architect working in the gallery, which is hidden in a dressing room.
About 1,200 people in the museum or the commercial gallery have been confined for several hours, the time that the deminers to ensure that the bags on the back of the assailant did not contain explosives.
The museum of the Louvre will reopen on Saturday, has announced that Audrey Azoulay.
- the Condemnation of Emirates –
The government of the united arab Emirates has condemned the “heinous crime“, and assured France of “its full solidarity” by keeping the “at his side in the steps it takes to preserve its security“.
the French Council of The muslim cult (CFCM) expressed its “shocked” after this attack.
Since the attacks of 7 January 2015 against Charlie Hebdo, the attacks and attempts have succeeded each other in France, 238 dead. The assailants, for the most part guided by the AR, have multiplied the targets, the places of worship (Villejuif in April 2015, Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in July 2016) to the attacks against the police or military.
On June 13, 2016, a jihadist claiming to be from the AR, Larossi Abballa, has killed a policeman and his companion in their flag from Magnanville (Yvelines).
the attack on The Louvre comes two years to the day after the attack with a knife three soldiers in faction in front of a jewish community centre in Nice, by a man who had been immediately arrested.
“to Wear a uniform, (…) it is to be a target“, recalled the minister of the Interior Bruno Le Roux, calling on security forces to “diligence“.