Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

19.24 24 May 2019


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At least eight people have been injured in an explosion in France's third largest city Lyon.

Local reports indicate a parcel bomb containing screws or bolts went off near a bakery store.

Nobody is believed to have been seriously injured.

France24 quotes local mayor Denis Broliquier as saying an eight-year-old girl was among those injured.

He added: "We’re fairly relieved because apparently there were no serious injuries but on the other hand, we are certain it was an explosive device."

Officials have denied reports of a second explosion, and urged people to not spread rumours or false information.

Interior minister Christophe Castaner, meanwhile, said he had ordered security to be boosted at public, cultural and sporting sites in France in the wake of the blast.

The blast comes two days before the country's European elections.

Main image: A vehicle of French anti terrorist plan "Vigipirate Mission", is seen near the site of a suspected bomb attack in central Lyon. Picture by: Sebastien Erome/AP/Press Association Images

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