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Protective Suits Go MIA at Paris Hospital

As French PM warned of potential biological weapons attack
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 23, 2015 8:50 AM CST
Protective Suits Go MIA at Paris Hospital
Belgium's Interior Minister Jan Jambon, left, walks by a police officer as he arrives at a Belgian National Security Council meeting in Brussels on Sunday.   (Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

(Newser) – The authority for the Paris public hospitals says a number of protective health outfits, similar to those worn by people dealing with the Ebola virus, have gone missing from a locked room in one of the city's hospitals. Following the incident in the Necker hospital, a formal complaint was filed on Thursday, the same day Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in the National Assembly "there may also be a risk of chemical and bacteriological weapons" used by attackers.

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The public AP-HP authority said Sunday a "limited number" of suits were missing but wouldn't confirm media reports saying a dozen hermetic protective overalls, three dozen pairs of special boots resistant to chemical agents, gloves, and anti-bacterial masks have disappeared. The AP-HP said the missing items were stored with other materials in code-locked premises but that many staff had access to the room to pick up ordinary supplies. Since the incident was discovered on Wednesday, security has been reinforced at that room. (Read more Paris terror attacks stories.)

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