Egyptian 'enigma' Goes On Trial For Louvre Machete Attack
Paris, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Jun, 2021 ) :The trial of an Egyptian who attacked soldiers at the Louvre museum with machetes, shouting "Allah u Akbar" (God is greatest) opened Monday with a description of his "atypical" and enigmatic profile.
He launched himself at four soldiers in the shopping precinct at the Paris museum, wounding one in the head, before they shot him.
However, El Hamahmi's final tweet before being seriously injured quoted Islamic State group former spokesman Abu Mohammad Al Adnani.
The accused had at first admitted supporting IS before claiming he acted alone on a "personal project" and owed allegiance to no movement.
Wearing a black T-shirt and his beard visible under a face mask, El Hamahmi described a totally normal childhood followed by law studies, and the joys of family life.
But he also detailed his anger at injustice and extreme poverty.
Psychiatrists found him to be an "enigma" with a "serene" attitude to life incompatible with a "willingness to commit a spectacular act in the face of the world".
Investigators questioned why he carried two machetes if he intended only to damage works of art.
The foreign intelligence service DGSE drew up a note about a "video of allegiance" in which the Egyptian "speaks without ambiguity, announces his forthcoming action, says he is answering the call of the Islamic State and that he considers himself a soldier of the caliphate".