A police operation occurred in the Paris’ Gobelins district as three men reportedly threatened to blow up a bus. A suspicious package was then reported on Bus 91 along Saint-Marcel Boulevard as terror cops rushed to calm the situation.
Onlookers caught glimpses of armed terror police rushing to the scene shortly after 6:00 P.M. local time.
Security forces were on hand “as a precaution” as checks and sweeps take place, local media reports.
Three men reportedly “uttered threats” as emergency services convened on the scene. Later, it was confirmed that the three men had been arrested as a result. Initial reports claimed two men were carrying explosives while another left a suspicious package on a separate bus, though these turned out to be false.
The trio refused to be searched by security forces and began “issuing threats,” which led to their arrests. Police described them as “petty criminals.”
France has remained in a state of emergency since the November 2015 Paris attacks that claimed the lives of 137 people.
The country has seen a string of violent atrocities – with ISIS-inspired attacks hitting Nice and Normandy last summer.
This bomb scare comes just days after 22 people were killed in Manchester when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.
Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. It has a population of 2,229,621.