Egyptian ‘enigma’ goes on trial for Louvre machete attack

Court sketch shows accused Abdalla El Hamahmi, who launched a machete-wielding attack at four French soldiers while shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ ('God is greatest') outside the Louvre Museum's entrance in 2017, on trial in a Paris courthouse, France, yesterday. – AFP pic, June 22, 2021.

THE trial of an Egyptian who attacked soldiers at the Louvre museum with machetes, shouting “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) opened yesterday with a description of his “atypical” and enigmatic profile.

Abdalla El Hamahmi, aged 33, is charged with “attempted terrorist murders” and associating with “terrorist criminals”.

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