Man with guns arrested at Disneyland Paris
PARIS –– A man with two firearms and ammunition was arrested today at the entrance to a hotel near Disneyland Paris, police said.
The 28-year-old Paris resident was arrested as he tried to go through security at Disney’s Hotel New York, just outside the Paris-area amusement park, said Michel Le Prevost, deputy chief of criminal police of the city of Meaux.
The man was also carrying a Quran, Le Prevost said. The man, who was undergoing questioning after the arrest, was not known by police or intelligence services, Le Provost said.
A woman accompanying him was also arrested, Le Prevost said. Information about what accusations she faced wasn’t immediately available.
French media reported that the guns were pistols and that the guns and ammunition were found in a suitcase.
Local police are handling the case as a criminal investigation, and the Paris prosecutor’s counterterrorism department so far is not involved, Le Prevost said.
The Paris area has been on edge since two sets of high-profile Islamist attacks last year: the killings of 17 people at the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris in January, 2015, and the massacre of 130 people in shootings and suicide bombings in and near Paris in November.
Disneyland Paris is about 30 kilometres east of central Paris.