Tuesday 20 March 2018

Police arrest man 'with handguns hidden in bag' at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris

Simon Carraud

French police arrested a man carrying two handguns at the Disneyland Paris amusement park outside Paris on Thursday, an Interior Ministry official said.

A police source said the 28-year-old man of European origin had been carrying the two guns, including an automatic handgun, concealed in a bag that also contained a copy of the Koran religious text.

A woman who had been accompanying the man was also arrested, the source said.

France remains in a state of emergency since Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in a series of jihadist attacks in and near Paris in November.

A spokeswoman for Euro Disney, which runs the amusement park and whose main shareholder is U.S-based Walt Disney Co., had no immediate information to offer about the incident.

The man was unknown to police prior to the incident and his bag set off a security alarm as he went through a metal detector at the park's New York Hotel, the police source said.

Vice President Communication and Public Affairs at Disneyland Paris, François 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 and the individual was arrested. We continue to work closely with the authorities, and the safety and security of our guests and cast members is our utmost priority."


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