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Suspect in Louvre attack placed under formal investigation - source
February 10, 2017 / 6:58 PM / 9 months ago

Suspect in Louvre attack placed under formal investigation - source

PARIS (Reuters) - A man who attacked soldiers with machetes at the Louvre museum in Paris was placed under formal investigation on Friday, a judicial source said.

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 during an interview with Reuters in Daqahliya, Egypt, February 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Egyptian Abdullah Reda al-Hamahmy, 29, was shot and seriously wounded when he launched himself at a group of soldiers on Feb. 3, crying out “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) in what French President Francois Hollande described as a terrorist attack.

He has told police that he identified with the beliefs of Islamic State but he had not carried out the attack on orders from the militant group, a judicial source told Reuters earlier on Wednesday.

“The accused was put under formal investigation for alleged attempted murder of public servicemen... in connection with a terrorist venture and criminal terrorist conspiracy... with a view to prepare crime,” the judicial source said on Friday.

The source added that Hamahmy was still in hospital.

Reporting by Chine Labbe; Writing by Maya Nikolaeva; Editing by Mark Trevelyan

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