Soldier Shoots Knife-Wielding Attacker Near Louvre in Paris

A French soldier on duty at the Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall in Paris opened fire Friday morning on a man who attempted to attack him with a knife, ABC News has learned.

The attacked was seriously injured, and the soldier was hit on the arm.

France's Ministry of the Interior tweeted in French that a "serious" security incident occurred near the Louvre Museum.

Ev?nement grave de #s?curit? publique en cours ? #Paris quartier du #Louvre, priorit? ? l'intervention des forces de s?curit? et de secours pic.twitter.com/PxTLacJk7a

— Minist?re Int?rieur (@Place_Beauvau) February 3, 2017

The area is being evacuated. Videos posted to social media also showed people being evacuated from the museum.

As of 10:22 a.m. local time, Paris transit officials tweeted that the Palais Royal Louvre Museum subway stop was closed due to a "security measure."

10:22, Par mesure de s?curit?, Palais Royal Mus?e du Louvre ferm?e au public sur la #Ligne7.Les trains passent sans marquer l'arr?t #RATP

— Ligne 7 RATP (@Ligne7_RATP) February 3, 2017



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