Eight injured in France's Lyon in suspected package bomb blast; Emmanuel Macron calls it 'attack'

Several people were wounded on Friday by a suspected package bomb blast on a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon in southeastern France.

Agence France-Presse May 24, 2019 23:02:44 IST
Eight injured in France's Lyon in suspected package bomb blast; Emmanuel Macron calls it 'attack'
  • A 'package bomb' exploded on a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon in southeastern France

  • A police source said the package contained 'screws or bolts'

  • Emmanuel Macron called the blast an 'attack' during a live Facebook interview

Lyon: Several people were wounded on Friday by a suspected package bomb blast on a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon in southeastern France, the local prosecutors' office said.

The area where the explosion occurred, on the narrow strip of land between the Saone and Rhone rivers in the historic city centre, has been evacuated, according to AFP journalists at the scene.

A police source said the package contained "screws or bolts" and had been placed in front of a bakery on the corner of the two popular streets.

Police said eight people had been injured but that none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

President Emmanuel Macron called the blast an "attack" during a live Facebook interview, adding that no deaths had been reported "for the time being."

"It's not for me to give a toll but it appears there are no casualties. There have been injuries, so obviously I'm thinking of these injured and their families," Macron said.

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