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France Lyon: Police appeal after parcel bomb attack hurts 13

French police have made an appeal for information in their hunt for a man suspected of planting a pa..

By Sunday Herald Team , in World Update , at May 25, 2019

French police have made an appeal for information in their hunt for a man suspected of planting a parcel bomb in Lyon, which injured 13 people.

The device went off outside a bakery on a busy street in the heart of the country's third-biggest city.

Those hurt, including a girl aged eight, appear to have suffered superficial injuries.

Anti-terrorist prosecutors have taken over the investigation and security has been boosted in public places.

Police released a grainy image of the suspect taken from CCTV footage.

They said he was wearing a long-sleeved dark top and light-coloured shorts.

A police source told AFP news agency the suspect appeared to be about 30 and was using a black mountain bike.

What do we know so far?

The device, which was reportedly full of screws, nuts and bolts, exploded around 17:30 (15:30 GMT) on Victor-Hugo Street, in the historic city centre, between the Saone and Rhone rivers.

French media quoted a receptionist at a nearby hotel as saying there had been a "deafening blast".

"I saw people running and panicking and heard several cries," Alexis Saillan told BFMTV.

The last time a parcel bomb had exploded in France was in 2007 when a device killed one person and injured another in front of a law office in PaRead More

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