At least 13 injured in terrorist suspected bomb blast in Lyon, France

At least 13 injured in terrorist suspected bomb blast in Lyon, France

May 24, 2019– Mary Greeley News – French police were hunting a suspected suitcase bomber on Friday after an explosion in the central city of Lyon that injured 13 people, officials said.

The suspect was captured on security video leaving a bag in front of a bakery shortly before an explosion occurred at around 5:30 pm, police sources and local mayor Denis Broliquier said.

Most of those hurt were hospitalized for treatment to leg injuries that were described as light.

The partially masked suspect appeared in security camera footage wheeling a bicycle to the scene, before leaving a bag outside a branch of Brioche Doree, a popular bakery chain.

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.

Soon after he left, the blast rained metal bolts on passersby in front of the premises on rue Victor Hugo, several blocks from the city’s main station, according to police.

At least 13 injured in terrorist suspected bomb blast in Lyon, France

Police forces across France have been instructed to increase security in public places and event venues, Castaner said.

Denis Broliquier, mayor of Lyon’s second district, told BFMTV he arrived minutes after the 5:30 p.m. explosion at the bakery chain Brioche Doree in Lyon’s central Presqu’ile area, which lies between the Rhone and Saone rivers that run through France’s third-largest city.

“What I saw was a refrigerated cooler in the Brioche Doree, whose windows had been shattered. It was the windows … that superficially injured the people who were 1, 2 or 3 metres (yards) away,” Broliquier said.

“But the fridge itself wasn’t that damaged, which means the device had low force,” Broliquier said, downplaying the incident. “It’s not the apocalypse … There’s no danger. There’s no risk.”

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He said authorities had cordoned off the street but had not evacuated residents. Authorities would not confirm French media reports that the blast was caused by an exploding package.


France’s anti-terrorist office said it has opened an inquiry into the blast and said the anti-terrorism prosecutor, Remy Heitz, was heading to Lyon. France is jittery over a spate of attacks in recent years, some of them deadly, carried out by people ranging from trained extremist attackers to mentally unstable individuals.

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