Bomb scare hits Eiffel tower, Paris metro station

Eiffel Tower
Paris, Sep 15: Two anonymous calls put the iconic Eiffel Tower and a metro station on bomb alert here on Tuesday, Sep 14 evening.

Police evacuated tourists from the Eiffel Tower before launching search operations, but no explosives were found.

"Special units were on site and have inspected the entire structure and nothing was found. About 2,000 people were evacuated from the perimeter," the spokesman said, informing that the company that operates the Eiffel Tower received an anonymous call around 8:30 pm (local time) saying a bomb had been planted there.

The second anonymous call led to a bomb scare at the Saint-Michel metro station, which was the site of a July 1995 bomb blast in which eight were killed and over 80 injured.

Police evacuated the metro station briefly but found no explosives.

France has been on high alert as the senate on Tuesday, Sep 14 voted to ban the wearing of the Muslim veil, the burqa or niqab. The ban has incurred the wrath of radical Islamist groups.

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