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French police seek to establish whether Louvre attacker acted alone

Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 01:51

The man who was shot and wounded at the Paris Louvre on Friday (February 3) after attacking soldiers with a machete has been identified as an Egyptian and police are trying to establish whether he acted alone or under instructions. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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The suspect in an attack at Paris' Louvre museum has been identified as an Egyptian national, who had only been in the country a matter of days. The city's prosecutor says the 29-year-old obtained a tourist visa in Dubai, and landed in France on the 26th of January. Security forces in Cairo identified him as Abdullah Reda al-Hamamy. Police have already raided the man's rented Paris apartment. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PARIS PROSECUTOR, FRANCOIS MOLINS, SAYING: "The investigations which have just been initiated are ongoing, and will continue in France, but also outside France in the frame of the international crime cooperation to determine the journey, but also the motivations of the perpetrator and also find out whether he acted alone, spontaneously or if on the contrary, he was following instructions." French President Francois Hollande has described the incident as a 'terrorist attack'. The assailant, wielding a machete in each hand, allegedly rushed at soldiers guarding the world famous museum yelling "Allahu akbar" - god is greatest in Arabic. After striking one soldier on the head, he was shot by another. Hamamy remains in a serious condition. Authorities say cans of spray paint were found in his backpack - but no explosives. France was already under a state of emergency after a spate of deadly attacks that have killed 230 people in the past two years. The thwarted attack clouding Paris's official bid later on Friday to host the 2024 Olympic Games, questions about France's ability to host a safe and secure Olympics raised. With the country less than three months from a presidential election, security and fears of terrorism will be among the key issues.

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French police seek to establish whether Louvre attacker acted alone

Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 01:51