French police hunt suitcase bomber after blast in Lyon

French police hunt suitcase bomber after blast in Lyon
French police hunt suitcase bomber after blast in Lyon

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 wascaptured on security video leaving a case in front of a bakery shortly beforean explosion occurred at around 5:30 pm, police sources and local mayor DenisBroliquier said.

Interior ministryofficials initially said eight people had been injured, but police sourceslater put the number hurt at 13, with none of the injuries thought to belife-threatening.

President Emmanuel Macron, who was beginning a broadcast address as news of the explosion broke, described the incident as an "attack" with no fatalities. "My thoughts are with the injured," he said.

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

The partiallymasked suspect was recorded wheeling a bicycle as he arrived on the scenebefore leaving a case in front of the Brioche Doree bakery, where the blastlater rained metal bolts on passersby, the police sources told Reuters.

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