Bomb Scare In French Shopping Centre


Paris: Police armed with machine guns have evacuated thousands of people from a shopping centre in Nice near the stadium where England were due to play Iceland on Monday evening, after a suspicious package was found. French media reported 2,000 people were cleared from the centre after two gas canisters were found.

A detonator was also reportedly found in the Lingostiere Centre, which is just 3 km (1.6 miles) away from the Allianz Riviera, where England will play tonight in their Euro 2016 match. The canisters, usually sold for camping, were attached by wires, according to Nice Matin.

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Frédéric Martinez, president of the shopping centre’s trades, said the evacuation was done peacefully. He added: “All merchants and customers escaped through emergency exits, ending up at the rallying point.

“There were a lot of people there. With the night tonight, they were worried about traffic jams.”