Man carrying 2 firearms and Koran arrested at entrance of Disneyland Paris

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.

By REUTERS
January 28, 2016 19:08
Statues of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse

Statues of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A man was arrested carrying two handguns and a copy of the Koran at the Disneyland Paris amusement park outside Paris on Thursday, French officials said.

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

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A police source said the 28-year-old man of European origin arrested at Disneyland had been carrying the guns, one of them an automatic handgun, concealed in a bag with the religious text.

The Interior Ministry said police were also searching for a woman who may have been with the man, correcting a previous statement that she had been arrested.

"Firearms were discovered in the bags of a man as he went through the metal detector during a routine security check at one of our hotels," Disneyland Paris spokesman Francois Banon said.

Euro Disney, whose main shareholder is US-based Walt Disney Co, runs the amusement park.

The man was unknown to police before the incident at the park's New York Hotel, the source said.


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