Father says attacker isn’t a terrorist
The father of the machetewielding man who was shot by a guard as he tried to enter Paris’s Louvre museum said Saturday that his son was not an Islamist and that the French were accusing him of terrorism to excuse the brutality used to stop him.
Reda Al Refaai, who lives in Cairo, said he had learned of his son’s case from Facebook. “For them to say in the end that he is a terrorist is nonsense . . . . This is a coverup so they don’t have to apologize or justify the acts of this soldier who used brute force with a poor young man of 29,” Refaai said
Abdullah Reda al-Hamamy, an Egyptian, was shot several times Friday after allegedly attacking soldiers outside the museum and crying “Allahu akbar!” or “God is great.” French President François Hollande called the attack “terrorist” in nature.
Hamamy was initially feared to be close to death, but doctors at the hospital where he is being treated no longer consider his life in danger, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Saturday.