Explosion injures pedestrians in Lyon


The street after the blastImage copyright
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Prefecture

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The area has been sealed off

A suspected parcel bomb has exploded in the eastern French city of Lyon, injuring at least eight people, local media report.

Those hurt in the explosion on Victor-Hugo Street seemed to have suffered superficial injuries to the lower limbs, one report says.

Soldiers sealed the area afterwards as police and explosives experts arrived.

French President Emmanuel Macron has described the blast in the country’s third-biggest city as an “attack”.

The parcel full of screws, nuts and bolts had been placed on the street, Le Progrès newspaper reports.

It was left outside a bakery on a street corner, a police source told AFP news agency.

The street lies on a narrow strip of land between the Saone and Rhone rivers in the historic city centre.

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