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Eiffel Tower evacuated over bomb threat

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-03-30

The Eiffel Tower was evacuated on Saturday after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat. Around 1,400 people were made to leave the monument as police set up a broad security perimeter and searched the structure for possible explosives.

Police say the Eiffel Tower has been evacuated after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat.

A Paris police official says nearly 1,400 people have been evacuated following a request from tower operators after the warning Saturday. Police then searched the monument with sniffer dogs for possible explosives, and set up a broad security perimeter.

French authorities have stepped up counterterrorism measures in recent weeks amid heightened concern about threats to France over its military campaign against al-Qaida-linked fighters in Mali which began more than two months ago.

The tower is occasionally evacuated because of such warnings – at least once last year and twice in 2011. The 324-meter (1,063-foot) tower is one of the world’s top tourist attractions, with millions of visitors a year.
 

(AP)

Date created : 2013-03-30

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