Friday 26 May 2017

Louvre machete attack suspect is facing attempted murder charges

Reda Abdullah al-Hamamy, the father of Abdullah Reda al-Hamamy who is suspected of attacking a soldier in Paris' Louvre museum, holds a picture of his son. Photo: Reuters
Reda Abdullah al-Hamamy, the father of Abdullah Reda al-Hamamy who is suspected of attacking a soldier in Paris' Louvre museum, holds a picture of his son. Photo: Reuters
Investigation: Louvre attacker was shot by French soldiers
Police near the Louvre Museum in Paris where a French soldier shot and seriously injured a man in a shopping area beneath the museum
Police at the Louvre Museum
Armed police officers patrol in the courtyard of the Louvre museum near where a soldier opened fire after he was attacked in Paris. Photo: AP
Police officers outside the Louvre in Paris (AP/Thibault Camus)
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The suspect in last week's machete attack at the Louvre Museum is facing preliminary charges of attempted murder and association with a terrorist organization, the Paris prosecutor's office said.

The 28-year-old suspect - who French officials believe to be Egyptian - was charged on Friday.

The prosecutor's office said the man, who Egyptian authorities identify as Abdullah Reda Refaie al-Hamahmy, remains in hospital after he was shot four times during the February 3 attack. His injuries are not life-threatening.

The Louvre Museum reopened to the public on Saturday, a day after the attack in which a man shouting Allahu akbar attacked French soldiers guarding the sprawling building.

A rescue workers van makes its way in th restricted area outside the Louvre museum in Paris,Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Paris police say a soldier has opened fire outside the Louvre Museum after he was attacked by someone, and the area is being evacuated. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
A rescue workers van makes its way in th restricted area outside the Louvre museum in Paris,Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Paris police say a soldier has opened fire outside the Louvre Museum after he was attacked by someone, and the area is being evacuated. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

French President Francois Hollande has said there is "no doubt" that the suspect's actions were a terror attack.

Rescue workers carry a stretcher outside the Louvre museum in Paris,Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Paris police say a soldier has opened fire outside the Louvre Museum after he was attacked by someone, and the area is being evacuated. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Rescue workers carry a stretcher outside the Louvre museum in Paris,Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Paris police say a soldier has opened fire outside the Louvre Museum after he was attacked by someone, and the area is being evacuated. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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