French Police Arrest 12 People Allegedly Linked to Paris Attacks

Gare de l'Est train station has been closed and evacuated after a bomb threat.

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French soldiers patrol in Paris, January 14, 2015.Credit: AFP
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REUTERS - Police arrested a dozen people overnight suspected of helping the Islamist militant gunmen in last week's killings in Paris, the city prosecutor's office said on Friday as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for talks.

The arrests made in the region south of Paris including Montrouge, where a young policewoman was killed in the attacks, were in connection with suspected "logistical support" for the shootings, an official said.

Paris police say the Gare de l'Est train station has been closed and evacuated after a bomb threat, as authorities try to prevent new violence after the worst terrorist attacks in decades.

A police official says the station was closed "as a precaution." The official, who was not authorized to be publicly named, would not give further details.

The Gare de l'Est is one of several major train stations in Paris, serving cities in eastern Paris and countries to the east.

Kerry arrived late on Thursday. He met with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius early on Friday before meeting with President Francois Hollande.

"It's good to be with you. We have a lot to talk about," Kerry said to Fabius.

Seventeen victims and the three attackers died in three days of violence that began on Jan. 7 with an attack on the offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Senior U.S. representatives were absent from a commemoration march held in Paris on Sunday that was attended by dozens of world leaders.

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