Paris train station partly evacuated over inactive shell: sources

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Nov 30 2019 09:19 AM

In this file photo taken on April 24, 2018 passengers wait to take the train at Gare du Nord railway station in Paris as French rail workers pursue a second day of strike over planned reforms to overhaul the national state-owned railway company SNCF. The Gare du Nord station in Paris was briefly and partially evacuated in the early evening on November 29, 2019 after the discovery of an inert shell in the bag of a traveler, who was arrested, according to concordant sources. Christophe Simon, AFP

PARIS, France - Police in Paris partly evacuated Europe's busiest train station, the Gare du Nord, on Friday after an inactive explosive shell was discovered in a passenger's bag, sources said.

The shell was found as part of a random check at the station, which serves as a stop for the Eurostar from London, the Thalys from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, four suburban train lines, and two busy Paris metros.

A source close to the investigation said the man, who was arrested, was a soldier.

Arrivals and departures were temporarily disrupted before being resumed later Friday.