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Paris Gare du Nord reopens after major security scare

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By Euronews
Paris Gare du Nord reopens after major security scare

<p>It is business as usual on Tuesday at the ‘Gare du Nord’ railway station – one of the busiest transport hubs in Paris.</p> <p>But for more than two hours overnight it was evacuated amid a major security alert.</p> <p>French media reports say that armed police were hunting three men considered ‘dangerous’ and thought to have arrived on a train from Valenciennes near the Belgian border.</p> <p>French intelligence had allegedly received information that the trio were due in the country and could be planning an attack. </p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gare du Nord evacuated for police train search <a href="https://t.co/40Fjqe608v">https://t.co/40Fjqe608v</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZKvHUojaIb">pic.twitter.com/ZKvHUojaIb</a></p>— The Local France (@TheLocalFrance) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheLocalFrance/status/861830046448623616">9 mai 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Unconfirmed reports said two of the men were thought to be Belgian nationals and one Afghan. </p> <p>Between 20 and 30 police vans massed around the station with officers wearing balaclavas and carrying assault weapons, a Reuters witness saw. No-one of interest was found.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Paris's Gare du Nord evacuated for police train search <a href="https://t.co/YtjBylDVaG">https://t.co/YtjBylDVaG</a> <a href="https://t.co/B40EXmmY1O">pic.twitter.com/B40EXmmY1O</a></p>— FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) <a href="https://twitter.com/FRANCE24/status/861793384695865344">9 mai 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>“End of security checks. Gradual return to normal,” Paris police tweeted. Publicly, authorities gave no other details about the operation.</p> <p>France is under a state of emergency, having suffered a series of Islamist terror attacks over the past two years in which more than 230 people have been killed. </p> <br /> <p><em>with Reuters</em></p>