Man with 2 handguns, Quran arrested at Disneyland Paris

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PARIS (AP) — A man with two handguns was detained Thursday along with his female partner at Disneyland Paris, Europe’s most-visited tourist attraction, police said.

No one was hurt in the incident and the park — Europe’s most-visited tourist attraction — remained open after the arrests. They come as France remains on edge and under a state of emergency after Islamic extremist attacks around Paris in November that killed 130 people.

The man, 28, was detained at the New York Hotel, part of the Disneyland complex, according to a police official who wasn’t authorized to be publicly named. He was also found to have a Quran. The man’s motives for trying to enter the hotel with weapons were unclear.

“During a routine security screening checkpoint at one of our hotels, weapons were discovered in a guest’s luggage through our X-ray machine. The police were immediately notified,” Disneyland Paris communications chief Francois Banon said. “We continue to work closely with the authorities, and the safety and security of our guests and cast members is our utmost priority.”

His partner was detained later at the park, the official said. The woman didn’t appear to be armed, and no other suspects are currently being pursued, the official said.

About a dozen police surrounded the hotel Thursday evening, and a car was towed away from the parking lot, though it’s unclear whether the car was linked to the arrests.

Employees at the New York Hotel and several others around Disneyland Paris said they continued functioning as usual after the arrest.

Officials with the French Interior Ministry had no immediate comment about the arrest.

France is under a state of emergency after Islamic extremist attacks around Paris in November that killed 130 people. The park, east of the French capital, closed briefly after the Nov. 13 attacks.

Written by Angela Charlton and Milos Krivokapic

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