Police last night locked down the Victor Hugo area of the French city Lyon while the streets were filled with soldiers and firefighters, local media reported.
Anti-terror cops are hunting a male suspect after 13 people were injured when a parcel bomb filled with “nails, bolts and screws” exploded during rush hour in Lyon yesterday.
The man, aged in his 30s, was seen placing a bag outside a bakery in the Victor Hugo area of the city at 5.30pm local time before riding away on a bike, an official said
Alain Bardelis, of the local police union, said the suspected bomber had his head covered and was wearing dark glasses, but was caught on CCTV.
A witness living in a flat on Victor Hugo said: “We heard a monstrous noise, and our windows came in. We could see that people were running everywhere down below. I saw people wounded.
A local woman said the horrific blast happened outside her home where she had been standing ten minutes before.
She tweeted: “I am going to throw up. The explosion in the street, I spent 10 minutes before. It’s literally the foot of my house.”
According to local media, the devastating explosion was caused by a parcel bomb which was filled with nails, bolts and screws.
French leader Emmanuel Macron interrupted a TV interview to say: “There’s been a bomb attack in Lyon, there are injuries.”
He later tweeted: “Tonight I think of the wounded of the explosion in Lyon, their families affected by the violence that has fallen on their loved ones in the street, and all Lyon. We are at your side.”
The attack comes on the eve of European elections in the country, when millions will go to the polls to elect new MEPs.
France has been the victim of some of Europe’s worst terror assaults in recent years.
In January 2015, 12 people were killed when two jihadis attacked the Parisian offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
And later that year, in November, a group of terrorists unleashed hell on the capital city murdering 130 innocent people in a coordinated gun and bomb massacre.
Nice in the south of France was also targeted in July 2016 when an extremist used a truck to kill 86 people who were celebrating Bastille Day.
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