A “parcel bomb” exploded in downtown Lyon, France Friday; injuring at least eight pedestrians in the city’s famed historic district.
“Those hurt in the explosion on Victor-Hugo Street, including a girl aged eight, appear to have suffered superficial injuries. A cyclist was seen leaving the parcel outside a bakery on a street corner, reports say. Anti-terrorist prosecutors have taken over the investigation in the country’s third-biggest city. French President Emmanuel Macron described the blast as an ‘attack,’” reports the BBC.
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According to officials, the device was filled with screws, nuts, and bolts to maximize injuries.
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“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,” adds France 24.