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French armed police arrive at the post office where an armed man is holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris

French armed police arrive at the post office where an armed man is holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris (AFP Photo/Kenzo Tribouillard )

European police arrest 2 dozen in anti-terrorism sweeps

French, German and Belgian police arrested more than two dozen suspects in anti-terrorism raids Friday, as European authorities rushed to thwart more attacks by people with links to Islamic extremists in the Mideast.

Rob Wainwright, head of the police agency Europol, told The Associated Press that foiling terror attacks has become "extremely difficult" because Europe's 2,500-5,000 radicalized Muslim extremists have little command structures and are increasingly sophisticated.

Highlighting the fears, a bomb scare forced Paris to evacuate its busy Gare de l'Est train station during the Friday morning rush hour. No bomb was found. A man also took two hostages at a post office in Colombes northwest of Paris, but police said the hostage-taker had mental issues and no links to terror. (AP)

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