Man enters Iranian consulate in Paris with grenades, explosives vest; arrested

Paris police launched a special operation at the Iranian consulate on Friday after receiving reports of a man wielding a grenade and wearing an explosives vest.

French police and members of French special police forces of Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) secure the area near Iran consulate where a man is threatening to blow himself up, in Paris, France, April 19, 2024.(REUTERS)

The man was reportedly first spotted outside the consulate premises. Images circulating on French television and social media showed a heavy police presence surrounding the building.

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As the standoff ensued, reports emerged that the individual had threatened to detonate himself at the consulate.

French police cordoned off the area and heightened security measures to neutralise the threat.

A police source later confirmed to Reuters that the suspect had been apprehended.

Witnesses reported seeing the man carrying what appeared to be a grenade and an explosives vest, raising concerns about a potential terror attack.

Authorities have not disclosed the motives behind the individual’s actions.

Paris transport company RATP on X, formerly Twitter, said traffic had been suspended on two metro lines that transit through stops close to the consulate.

The development comes at a time of heightened geopolitical tensions, with the Middle East facing ongoing instability and diplomatic challenges.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates

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