Several injured in suspected package bomb blast in France

25 Mai, 2019, 05:37 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • The blast happened in the city centre of Lyon

A package exploded Friday in the French city of Lyon injuring at least eight people including a young girl, reports say.

The area where the explosion occurred on Friday, on the narrow strip of land between the Saône and Rhône rivers in the historical city centre, has been evacuated.

President Emmanuel Macron characterised the incident as an "attack" when the news broke during a live YouTube interview ahead of Sunday's European elections.

The police are now searching for the suspect, and a criminal investigation has been launched into the attack.

Police sources described the suspected attacker as a European or North African male, seen wearing beige Bermuda shorts, an army-green scarf or head wrap and dark glasses.

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Those hurt in the explosion on Victor-Hugo Street seemed to have suffered superficial injuries to the lower limbs, reports suggest. "It was the windows ... that superficially injured the people who were 1, 2 or 3 meters (yards) away", Broliquier said... "There's no danger. There's no risk".

Resident Jean-Pierre, who lives above the bakery and did not give his last name, told television station BFMTV the noise from the explosion was "deafening" but it did not cause the walls to shake. There have been injuries, so obviously I'm thinking of these injured and their families, ' Macron said. "The windows were blown out", she said.

Earlier, French officials said eight people were wounded, but later lowered the figure to seven. The women's World Cup soccer tournament is scheduled to start in Lyon on June 7.

Police forces across France have been instructed to increase security in public places and event venues, Castaner said.

Paris authorities have opened a terror probe to ascertain if the attack was a terrorist attack, according to reports from CNN.

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