As a man with a knife tried to attack soldiers in Paris, University of Georgia students were nearby.
The man had two backpacks later found to contain two machetes and had been refused entry to the shops. He shouted “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great,” during the attack, according to The Associated Press.
“University of Georgia students were escorted to safety and are all accounted for,” UGA executive director for strategic marketing, Jan Gleason, said in an email inquiry from The Telegraph.
A group of UGA students is studying abroad, and a half-dozen of them were on personal travel at the Louvre when the incident happened. One university staff member also is traveling in Paris, Gleason said.
The Associated Press reports exterminator Olivier Majewski had just left his scooter in the parking lot beneath the museum when he saw crush of people running and screaming “there’s been a terror attack.” Majewski said he hid for about 15 minutes.
Conor Bakhuizen, 18, is in Paris on a school trip. In a Twitter exchange with The Associated Press, he said he “was in the foyer and suddenly rushed into another room in the museum.” He said the mood was “very tense at first but everyone was vigilant.”
Roadblocks were lifted a couple hours after the attack.
Hundreds of tourists remained inside the museum, some in safe rooms, after the attacker was wounded. The UGA students and others were allowed to leave once the area was deemed safe.
The Office of International Education at the Athens-based campus hosts safety workshops for students before they depart, Gleason said.
The university also tracks registered students, faculty and staff as they travel abroad. Travelers are given cards with emergency protocol and contact information, so the university can track who might be in danger in times of crisis within a given radius of any city in the world, Gleason said.