French police appeal for information after Lyon bombing

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French police have made an appeal for information in their hunt for a man suspected of planting a parcel bomb in Lyon on Friday afternoon. In the explosion 13 people were injured among them an eight-year-old girl. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

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

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

Suspected package bomb blast in Lyon
French police forces secure a perimeter after a suspected package exploded in rue Victor Hugo in the center of Lyon, France, 24 May 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE/ALEX MARTIN

Police released a grainy image of the suspect taken from CCTV footage. A police source said the package contained “screws or bolts”. 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.

Suspected package bomb blast in Lyon
A handout photo made available by French National Police on Twitter on 24 May 2019 shows a Wanted Notice for a man who is a suspect in the bomb explosion in rue Victor Hugo in the center of Lyon, France, 24 May 2019. EPA-EFE/POLICE NATIONAL

France has been on high alert following a wave of deadly jihadist terror attacks since 2015 which have killed more than 250 people

 

Via France 24

 

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