Eiffel Tower evacuated, police swarm the area after bomb threat

Clay Curtis
September 24, 2020

The Eiffel Tower was evacuated on Wednesday after the police in Paris received a phone call suggesting there was a bomb at the monument.

The police have secured the Eiffel Tower area after a person was heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" and threatening to "blow up everything" near the building, a police source has revealed to Sputnik correspondent on the scene. The area around the tower is now closed to traffic.

"Checks are being carried out, and a safety perimeter has been set up in the meantime". This is a routine precaution'.

The bomb threat happened at around midday local time and police could be seen blocking off nearby roads towards the Eiffel Tower.

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Police had cordoned off the streets below the Eiffel Tower and the bridge stretching across the Seine River to Trocadero Plaza but started removing the tape some two hours later.

The Eiffel Tower, an icon of the French capital, is visited by millions every year.

Security measures at the landmark were strengthened in 2018 to protect against potential terror attacks.

It has also been attacked by members of the anti-government Yellow Vest movement, which previous year lit fires at the base of the tower, and destroyed perimeter fencing.

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