Four men dressed in turbans and north African robes caused panic among patients and staff at a hospital in Nice on Sunday night, when they stormed the building brandishing "Kalashnikovs". But the men were far from the terrorist cell they appeared to be at first glance.

The alarm was raised at around 8.15pm on Sunday night, after the four men charged into the Saint-Roch hospital in the Riviera city of Nice, sending patients and staff running for cover.

The men, at least one of them bearded, were dressed in turbans and djellabahs – north African robes – and brandished what appeared to be guns, hospital director Martine Rajzman told AFP.

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