Shot Louvre attacker out of danger, placed into custody: report
2017-02-05 12:29:00

PARIS, Feb. 4-- Health situation of shot machete-wielding man, who rushed at soldiers near Louvre Museum in Paris, improved and was placed into custody on Saturday, according to local media reports.

Citing a judicial source, the local broadcaster Europe 1 said the man's situation has "significantly improved" and "his life prognosis is no longer in danger".

Louvre assailant was placed into custody after he was declared able to answer investigators' questions over his attack targeting soldiers outside France's landmark museum, the report added.

On Friday morning, an "aggressive" man armed with two machetes attacked four soldiers patrolling the Carrousel du Louvre shopping center in the French capital, shouting Allahou Akbar (God the Greatest).

He slightly injured a soldier in his scalp before he was shot and seriously wounded.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said the man was an Egyptian national who arrived in France from Dubai at the end of January after acquiring a one-month tourist visa.

Investigation is underway to determine the motive and to establish whether he acted alone or have been guided, he added.

At a meeting of EU leaders in Malta, French President Francois Hollande on Friday said the "terrorist nature( of the attack) leaves little doubt".

He warned that terrorism menaces are "here to stay", pledging to continue to mobilize all the necessary tools to ensure security indoors where terror alert remain high. Editor:Nicky