Multiple people were hurt late on Friday in an explosion near a bakery in the French city of Lyon, which French President Emmanuel Macron described as an “attack.”
German publication Deutsche Welle reported that French police are searching for a man that they believe was the perpetrator of the attack. DW reports:
Prosecutors said they believe a “parcel bomb” was likely the cause of the explosion that injured at least eight people. However, police said they have not yet determined the source. Local media reports said the package was filled with screws, citing police sources.
“We must remain prudent and wait for the analysis of the circumstances and not panic the Lyon population,” David Kimelfeld, president of greater Lyon, said in an interview.
The DW further notes that France has been on high alert ever since November 2015 when ISIS killed 130 people in a terror attack that rocked Paris.
The New York Times reports that Islamic terror attacks in France have been smaller and less frequent as “police and military patrols in urban areas have become routine, especially in crowded shopping areas and at sensitive sites like train stations.”
French President Emmanuel Macron responded to the attacks in an interview, saying: “It’s not for me to give a toll but it appears there are no fatalities. There have been injuries, so obviously I’m thinking of these injured and their families.”
“A terrorism probe has been opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office, which has jurisdiction over all terror cases in the country,” France 24 reported. “The most recent package bomb in France dates back to December 2007, when an explosion in front of a law office in Paris killed one person and injured another. Police never found who carried out that attack.”
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