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A letter bomb exploded at the International Monetary Fund offices in Paris and injured 1 person

March 16,2017 13:57

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Police
outside the International Monetary Fund (IMF) offices where an
envelope exploded in Paris, France, March 16,
2017.
REUTERS/Philippe
Wojazer

A letter exploded when it was opened at the offices of the
International Monetary Fund in Paris on Thursday and slightly
injured an executive assistant's face and hands, a police source
said. 

According to the first elements of the investigation, a
firecracker could be at the origin of the explosion which
occured late on Thursday morning, according to French newspaper Le Figaro.

Several people were evacuated "as a precautionary measure,"
according to le Fiagro, and the Parisian judicial police opened
an investigation.

The explosion was caused by a homemade device, according
to the head of the French capital's police force on
Thursday. "It was something that was fairly homemade," police
chief Michel Cadot told reporters.

Cadot also said there had been some telephone threats made in
recent days, but it was not clear if these were linked to the
incident at the IMF's offices.

A police intervention is currently underway near the World Bank,
which is located in the same offices as the IMF.

"An envelope exploded after it was opened and one person was
slightly injured in the offices of the IMF," one
police source told Reuters.

The incident, just six weeks before a presidential election,
comes as a militant Greek group Conspiracy of Fire Cells claimed
responsibility for a parcel bomb mailed to German Finance
Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Wednesday.

IMF chief Christine Lagarde condemned the explosion: "I condemn
this cowardly act of violence and reaffirm the IMF's
resolve to continue our work in line with our mandate. We are
working closely with the French authorities to investigate this
incident and ensure the safety of our staff," she said.

President Francois Hollande said French authorities would do all
they could to find those responsible for the incident.

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