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- Police received telephoned warning from a phone booth in a Paris suburb
- Evacuation carried out shortly after 7.30pm while sniffer dogs searched
By PETER ALLEN
PUBLISHED: 20:47 GMT, 30 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:04 GMT, 30 March 2013
The Eiffel Tower was evacuated tonight following a telephoned terrorist bomb warning.
Some 1,500 people, including tourists and staff, were escorted out of France’s most famous landmark shortly after 7.30pm.
It follows threats from Al-Qaeda pledging ‘revenge’ for the French intervention in the African state of Mali to fight Islamic terrorists.
Police said an anonymous call had been received from a phone booth in a Paris suburb warning that explosives had been place around the tower.
The bomb warning said the blast would happen at 9.30pm, said police. But by 10pm there had been no explosion.
The tower was still shut, with trained sniffer dog teams searching for a possible bomb.
‘It may be that the tower does not reopen tonight,’ said a police spokesman.
‘Searches are carrying on, but no members of the public are being allowed anywhere near. There has been a full evacuation.’
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