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Louvre Machete Attacker Refuses To Speak To Investigators


French police secure the site near the Louvre Pyramid in Paris on February 3.

French police secure the site near the Louvre Pyramid in Paris on February 3.

A machete-wielding man who was shot by a French soldier outside the Louvre museum is refusing to speak to investigators, judicial sources have said.

The 29-year-old Egyptian, identified as Abdullah Reda al-Hamamy, was shot several times on February 3 after he attacked soldiers with a pair of machetes.

French President Francois Hollande described it as a terrorist attack.

Investigators decided to question the suspect at his hospital bed at a Paris hospital after his condition improved, sources said.

"The first interview took place this morning, but it turned out to be a short one. For the moment, he refuses to talk to investigators," a source at the prosecutor's office told Reuters.

Hamamy’s father said his son was in Paris on a business trip. He said his son lives in the United Arab Emirates.

Reda al-Hamamy, a retired Egyptian police general, said there was no sign that his son was radicalized.

French investigators are looking for clues to establish whether the man acted alone, on impulse, or on orders from someone else.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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