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Friday May 24 2019

Bomb blast on street in France's Lyon leaves eight wounded


LYON: A bomb blast in a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon in France left several people wounded, local prosecutors' office said on Friday.

The area where the suspected package bomb 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.

A police source told AFP the package contained "screws or bolts" and had been placed in front of a bakery on the corner of the two popular streets.

Police said eight people had been injured but that none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

President Emmanuel Macron called the blast an "attack" during a live Facebook interview, adding that no deaths had been reported "for the time being."

"It's not for me to give a toll but it appears there are no casualties. There have been injuries, so obviously I'm thinking of these injured and their families," Macron said.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available