French Police: Arrest at Nimes Railway Station Unrelated to Terror Attacks

A French gendarme armed with a Heckler and Koch UMP stands guard during a road traffic control in Martainville-Epreville, Normandy, northwestern France, on December 30, 2016.
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(AP) – Police in the southern French city of Nimes have arrested a man unlawfully carrying a pistol into a train station, but say he is not linked to the attacks in Barcelona.

After an evacuation and police operation at the train station Saturday night, the historic city quickly returned to normal, with police returning to their posts.

A national police spokesman said the operation began when a passenger alerted police to a man with a weapon. Police quickly found and arrested him, said the spokesman, who was not authorized to be publicly named.

The spokesman said the man has no apparent connection to Thursday’s attacks around Barcelona, about 380 kilometres southwest of Nimes. French authorities increased checks of its border with Spain after the attacks, and one suspect is believed at large.

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