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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Man arrested at Disneyland Paris 'with guns and Koran'

Published 28/01/2016 | 18:21

Disneyland Paris is Europe's most-visited amusement park (AP)
Disneyland Paris is Europe's most-visited amusement park (AP)

A man with two handguns and a Koran has been detained along with his female partner at Disneyland Paris, police said.

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No one was hurt in the incident and the park, Europe's most-visited tourist attraction, remained open after the arrests.

They come as France remains on edge and under a state of emergency after Islamic extremist attacks around Paris in November that killed 130 people.

The man, 28, was detained at the New York Hotel, part of the Disneyland complex, according to a police official.

The man's motives for trying to enter the hotel with weapons were unclear.

His partner was detained later at the park, the official said.

The woman did not appear to be armed and no other suspects are currently being pursued, the official said.

Employees at the New York Hotel and several others around Disneyland Paris said they continued functioning as usual after the arrest.

The park, east of the French capital, closed briefly after the November 13 attacks.

Disneyland Paris communications chief Francois Banon said: "During a routine security screening checkpoint at one of our hotels, weapons were discovered in a guest's luggage through our X-ray machine. The police were immediately notified.

"We continue to work closely with the authorities, and the safety and security of our guests and cast members is our utmost priority."

About a dozen police surrounded the hotel Thursday evening, and a car was towed away from the car park, though it is unclear whether the car was linked to the arrests.

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