Eiffel Tower closed after 3 ‘suspicious’ people found ascending the tower
The Iconic landmark of Paris- the Eiffel Tower was closed down following reports of “terrorist suspects” with “large rucksacks” were seen ascending the structure. Anti-terror police supported by a helicopter could be seen at the Eiffel Tower after it closed around 9am local time. The tower can be visited by 30,000 people per day and has been the target of Islamic extremist plots in the past.
Police have explained the possibility that the suspect may have just been a base jumper performing a stunt. The famous landmark was shut for 5 hours but has now been re-opened to the public with police still searching for the culprit. “There were reports of three people climbing the tower from the outside from about 5.30 a.m.,” said a police source.
“They were said to have large rucksacks so no chances could be taken. They completely disappeared, so enquiries are centred on them being extreme parachutists.
“There were, of course, fears that they may have left dangerous material on the tower before leaving.”
The 1,050 ft-tall iron lattice tower was built for the 1889 World’s Fair, and soon turned into a prestige symbol of modern France.