Explosion of a parcel bomb in Lyon: a dozen wounded
The explosion of a parcel bomb on a busy street in Lyon (central eastern France) late Friday afternoon, described as “attack” by the French president, has made a dozen slight injuries, including a girl, two days before the European elections.
This bag or parcel, which contained screws, nails or bolts according to police sources, was filed in front of a bakery on a pedestrian and shopping street near Place Bellecour, in the heart of this city, one of the main of France.
A 30 to 35-year-old man riding a bicycle and seeing close to the scene at the time of the incident is actively wanted by the police, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The area was evacuated and cordoned off by the police.
No track has been favored for this explosion, in a country highly traumatized by a wave of unprecedented jihadist attacks, which have killed 251 people since 2015.
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke of an “attack”. “At this point, there is no victim. There are some wounded people, so I obviously want to have a thought for the wounded, their families, “he said in the early evening.
For his part, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner called for the strengthening of “the security of public sites and sporting events, cultural and religious” in the country, in a message on Twitter.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe canceled his participation in the last majority rally for Sunday’s European elections.
The antiterrorist section of the Paris public prosecutor’s office took the investigation.
The latest assessment provided by the regional authorities reported “eight minor injuries”. Seven of them were cared for by relief and transported to a nearby hospital on the banks of the Rhone.
Another source mentions a report of 10 minor injuries.
“An 8-year-old girl was injured […]. We are rather reassured since obviously there is no serious injury but on the other hand we have a certainty, it was an explosive device, “said Denis Broliquier, mayor of the 2nd district of Lyon, adding that the suspect had could be filmed by CCTV cameras.
“We are actually moving towards a parcel bomb,” had confirmed to AFP a spokesman of the prosecutor of Lyon shortly after the announcement of the explosion, while the public prosecutor, Nicolas Jacquet, went on the places, like the regional prefect Pascal Mailhos.
“It exploded and I thought it was a car accident […] There were bits of electrical wires around me, stacks and bits of cardboard and plastic. The windows were exploded, “said Eva, a 17-year-old high school student still emotionally charged, who was 15 meters from the scene of the blast.
“I heard a noise. By calling the shops downstairs, I was told it was a parcel bomb, “testified a resident. “There was a good explosion. I thought it was gas but there was no smoke, so it could not be gas, “said a shopkeeper.
France is preparing to vote on Sunday to elect its deputies to the European Parliament. Voting has started in several member states since Thursday, including the United Kingdom.
In an interview with a Youtubeur about these elections, Emmanuel Macron said that there was “an attack in Lyon […] it is not my responsibility to take stock, but a priori today, at this point, there is no victim. There are wounded, so I want to have a thought for the wounded, their families. “