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Rome's Termini railway station briefly evacuated amid reports of gunman

Police in Rome briefly cleared people from the city's main railway station after a man was seen, apparently armed with a gun. It was later reported that his weapon was a fake.

Railway police evacuated Rome's Termini train station on Monday evening after false reports that a gunman was on the loose. Authorities later clarified that the man had entered a different train station in the city carrying what turned out to be a toy rifle.

Earlier, the website of popular daily newspaper "La Repubblica" released a photo apparently showing the gunman.

Police reported the alert and evacuation in a tweet, without specifying whether the suspect might pose a risk. The station was re-opened later in the evening.

The city is on high alert amid a 48-hour visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was attending an event in the city, far from the train station. The event marked the start of the first state visit to Europe by an Iranian president in nearly two decades.

The station, which is Italy's largest, is a terminus for mainline and local underground lines and is used by thousands of passengers every day.

rc/cmk (Reuters, AFP)

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