AP: Protective suits stolen from Paris hospital

BRUSSELS (AP) — 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 been 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.

The city has been on alert after 130 people were killed by gunmen and suicide bombers on Nov. 13.

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 clothing 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 the room.

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