November 7, 2018 / 11:02 AM / 11 days ago

UPDATE 2-French police detain woman after bomb threat at Dunkirk hospital

(Updates with woman detained, threat over)

LILLE, France, Nov 7 (Reuters) - French police have detained a woman at a hospital in Dunkirk after she made a bomb threat and sparked a security scare.

Police said in a statement that the woman made the threat after entering the hospital’s emergency care unit.

Hospital workers alerted the police, who sealed off the area and deployed a bomb-disposal team.

“The person is under police control,” the statement said.

Regional newspaper La Voix du Nord had reported that the woman was threatening to detonate a bomb.

Photos posted on the paper’s website showed police sealing off the area.

Police said a judicial investigation would have to determine the circumstances surrounding the threat. Sources said the woman was likely suffering from psychological problems. (Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; Editing by Luke Baker)

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