France: 13 wounded in explosion in Lyon

13 people wounded in explosion on a street in the city of Lyon in France.

Elad Benari, Canada, | updated: 21:10

Site of explosion in central Lyon
Site of explosion in central Lyon
Reuters

An explosion on a pedestrian street in the French city of Lyon wounded at least 13 people on Friday, France's interior ministry said.

French police were hunting for a suspected suitcase bomber after the explosion. The suspect was captured on security video leaving a case in front of a bakery shortly before the explosion occurred at around 5:30 p.m. local time.

Officials initially said eight people were wounded, but police sources later put the number hurt at 13. None of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

The Paris anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation, with police treating the blast as an attempted homicide, law enforcement officials said.

French President Emmanuel Macron called the explosion an "attack," confirmed there had been no fatalities and sent "a thought for the injured and their families."

France has been hit by a wave of terrorist attacks in recent years, beginning with the 2015 attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine which was followed by the attack on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in which four people were murdered.

The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed some of the attacks on France in recent years. The biggest of these attacks was the November 2015 Paris attack in which 129 people were murdered.

The country has been under a heightened alert in recent years in the wake of the attacks.



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