Fa­ther says at­tacker isn’t a ter­ror­ist

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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.

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