French police say no weapons found on man detained at Iranian consulate in Paris

(19 Apr 2024)
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Paris, France – April 19 2024
1. Police securing area close to Iranian consulate after report of suspicious man possibly carrying grenade and explosives vest
2. Various of military personnel deployed to area
3. Wide of police cordon
4. Soldier and police car
5. Police vehicles
6. Police officers

Police said Friday they found no weapons on a man detained at the Iranian consulate in Paris after responding to a report of a suspicious man possibly carrying a grenade and explosives vest.

A Paris police official told The Associated Press that officers were verifying the man’s identity, but said no such weapons were found on him or in his vehicle.

The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to be publicly named under police policy.

Some of the police, special agents and firefighters that responded to the incident at the consulate were later seen leaving the scene after the arrest.

A police cordon remained in place, but traffic was resuming in the area.

The official said the man was spotted around 11 a.m. (0900 GMT) on Friday and that police launched a special operation as soon as they were alerted.

Images on French television and social media showed police surrounding the building.

The incident comes at a time of heightened tensions in the Middle East, and as Paris is gearing up to host the Summer Olympics.

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