10 arrests in Paris, bomb threat closes train station

French soldier patrol near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of the highest level of "Vigipirate" security plan after a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo Jan. 9, 2015. (Reuters)

Paris police said Friday the Gare de l'Est train station has been closed and evacuated after a bomb threat, as authorities try to prevent new violence after the worst terrorist attacks in decades.

The station was closed "as a precaution," a police official said, according to the Associated Press. The official, who was not authorized to be publicly named, would not give further details.

The Gare de l'Est is one of several major train stations in Paris, serving cities in eastern Paris and countries to the east.

Meanwhile, the Paris prosecutor's office said around 10 people have been arrested in anti-terrorism raids in the region, targeting people linked to a gunman involved in a deadly terrorist attack on a French satirical newspaper.

Spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said the arrests began overnight and continued in three towns Friday morning.

Authorities are on high alert in France and neighboring Belgium, where authorities moved swiftly Thursday night to pre-empt what they called a major impending attack.

The prosecutor's office says Friday's raids around Paris are linked to Amedy Coulibaly, one of three gunmen involved in France's worst terrorist attacks in decades.

Authorities in France and several countries are looking for possible accomplices.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44