The Eiffel Tower has been evacuated and armed police are standing guard after a man allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” and threatened to “blow everything up”, it is reported.
Paris police have cordoned off a large area around the landmark in the French capital and urged people to stay away while officers inspect the area to find out if the threat is legitimate.
It is said that an anonymous caller told the police that they had planted a bomb at the site, which is normally visited by tens of thousands of people every day.
Without citing a source, journalist Amaury Bucco, who posted photos of the police cordon, claimed on Twitter: “The perimeter of the Eiffel Tower is cordoned off, police operation in progress: a man shouted Allahu Akbar and threatened to blow everything up.”
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Photos and video show police armed with rifles as officers block roads and pedestrian paths around the tower.
The drama unfolded after an anonymous caller told police that there was a bomb at the site, Actu reported.
The Eiffel Tower was closed for three months during a strict coronavirus lockdown in France.
It reopened with restrictions in June and it has remained open despite a huge spike in cases during the country’s second wave of Covid-19.
From time to time, it is evacuated or closed due to bomb threats or items that are deemed to be suspicious.
In May 2018, the landmark was evacuated and remained closed for two hours due to a bomb threat that police determined to be a hoax.
A suspicious package led to an evacuation in June 2017. A bomb squad checked the item and found that it did not pose a threat.
The tower was evacuated twice in September 2010 due to bomb threats that were hoaxes.