Po­lice evac­u­ate Eif­fel Tower:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

Paris po­lice briefly evac­u­ated the Eif­fel Tower and block­aded the sur­round­ing area Wed­nes­day af­ter a phone-in bomb threat.

All tourists in­side the mon­u­ment were evac­u­ated af­ter an anony­mous caller phoned po­lice Wed­nes­day morn­ing and said a bomb had been placed in­side the tower, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial with the tower’s man­age­ment com­pany. The of­fi­cial was not au­tho­rized to be pub­licly named.

Po­lice blocked off the streets be­low the tower and the bridge stretching across the Seine River to Tro­cadero Plaza, but started lift­ing the bar­ri­cades about two hours later. An of­fi­cer at the scene told The Associated Press that po­lice found no signs of the threat­ened bomb.

Some tourists were still walk­ing in the area dur­ing the po­lice op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing a group speak­ing Rus­sian and car­ry­ing a bot­tle of Cham­pagne. (AP)

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