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

March 16,2017 17:00

Police International Monetary Fund (IMF) Offices Paris France Police officers outside the International Monetary Fund offices where an envelope exploded in Paris on Thursday. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer. A letter exploded when it was opened at the offices ...



Police
officers outside the International Monetary Fund offices where an
envelope exploded in Paris on Thursday.
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
occurred late Thursday morning, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro.

The antiterrorism prosecutor's office has opened an investigation
into the incident for attempted murder and destruction by means
of explosives in connection with a terrorist enterprise, the
prosecutor announced.

Several people were evacuated "as a precautionary measure,"
according to Le Figaro.

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," the Paris police chief,
Michel Cadot, told reporters.

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

A police intervention is 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.

The head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, said: "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."

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

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