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Munitions find shuts Channel Tunnel


LONDON, England -- Channel tunnel services between the UK and France were shut down on Friday evening after World War II munitions were discovered in a car during a security check.

Bomb squad officers were sent to the Eurotunnel terminal at Folkestone, south-east England, after explosives were detected inside the vehicle.

The tunnel was shut at around 1700 BST when the munitions were discovered. The tunnel was expected to remain closed for at least three hours.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "This incident is not considered terrorist-related and there is no danger to any persons."

The M20 slip roads to the terminal were shut and traffic was being directed towards Dover, police said.

Eurotunnel confirmed there had been a "security incident" at the terminal while a car was going through "search procedures."

A spokesman said: "A suspect package was found, we instigated our normal protocols, evacuated the terminal building, and put a security cordon around it.

"It looks like someone with a rather strange taste in souvenirs at this stage."

A spokesman for the Eurostar rail link said the closure of the tunnel had led to delays and cancellations of its services.

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