CIA terror warning halts rail traffic in Paris

April 09, 2004|By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

PARIS - City rail traffic was temporarily brought to a halt and five stations evacuated yesterday evening after a U.S. alert of a possible bomb attack, authorities said.

The CIA had warned French domestic counterintelligence of a threat to carry out an attack yesterday on the Paris suburban rail network or the subway, the authorities said.

Traffic was temporarily halted on the A line of the Paris regional suburban rail network, which runs through the city center, during afternoon rush hour.

Police evacuated the stations after the CIA told the French of an anonymous message it had received from Madrid, Spain, warning of a possible attack. Police ended the state of alert at 9:30 p.m.

Police said the warning to the CIA came in an anonymous e-mail from Madrid, where bomb attacks at rail stations left 191 people dead March 11.

A U.S. official confirmed that Washington had passed on information to France concerning the threat. The official said the information was transmitted "due to time sensitivity," even though "it wasn't necessarily verifiable at the time."

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