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'Cowardly act' - Explosion at IMF and World Bank offices in Paris bomb attack

March 16,2017 19:39

The Paris police department confirmed an operation was ongoing at the offices of the IMF and World Bank after a person was hurt following the apparent explosion of a suspect package. One source said: "An envelope exploded after it was opened and one ...and more »


The Paris police department confirmed an operation was ongoing at the offices of the IMF and World Bank after a person was hurt following the apparent explosion of a suspect package.One source said: "An envelope exploded after it was opened and one person was slightly injured in the offices of the IMF."Related articles
The letter was believed to have been opened by the bureau chief's assistant when it exploded, wounding her face and her eyes.The parcel was believed to have contained a firework, which went off when the letter was opened, as sources added the small, explosive device is likely to have been homemade.TWITTER - REUTERSThe explosion happened at the IMF offices in ParisREUTERSPolice officers have surrounding the Paris buildingPolice chief Michel Cadot told reporters: "It was something that was fairly homemade."He added: "A little before midday this morning at the French IMF delegation, a parcel that was delivered to the secretariat of the IMF representative in France exploded at the moment when the secretary proceeded to the opening of this package."It seems to be a pyrotechnic device or a big firecracker. It is something relatively artisanal, it is in no way a bomb."Investigators told BFMTV the device was a "large black cylinder, about 30cm long", before adding the blast was so large it left shrapnel in the room's ceiling.REUTERSDog teams have been deployed to the scene near the Champs ElyseeAnd sources claimed the office had received telephone threats during the morning - but it is not clear whether these are linked to today’s incident.A police source added the woman who opened the letter suffered burns on her face and arms but her life was not in danger.IMF Europe's head Christine Lagarde condemned the attack as a “cowardly act of violence”, as she confirmed the blast "caused injuries to one of our staff".REUTERSForensic teams have been sent to the Paris buildingTWITTEROfficers have confirmed one person was "slightly injured"In a statement she 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."Dramatic images from the scene show police have cordoned off the scene surround the building - located on Avenue d'Iena, close to the Champs Elysees.REUTERSFrance is currently in a state of emergency

I condemn this cowardly act of violence and reaffirm the IMF's resolve to continue our work in line with our mandate.

Around 150 employees were evacuated from the building as a precaution and forensic officers were on site.No further details about the shocking incident were immediately available - and police cannot confirm who sent the bomb, or what motivated them.President Francois Hollande said French authorities would do all they could to find those responsible for the incident.He said: "We are still facing an attack, there is no other word against a parcel bomb. We are always targeted."France is currently in a state of emergency after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks over the past two years, including the previous Paris attacks and the Nice truck attack.And just hours after the IMF attack, a shooting took place at a high school in the small southern French town of Grasse - injuring at least two people.Local emergency services advised residents on Twitter to stay at home as the government launched its mobile telephone application warning of a "terrorist" attack.And this latest incident comes just six weeks ahead of the country's upcoming presidential elections.REUTERSPolice sources claim the parcel was believed to have contained a fireworkTWITTERPolice are at the scene of the IMF explosionThe incident also comes just days after Greek militants claimed responsibility for a parcel bomb that was sent to Germany's financial minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.The padded envelope had Italian postage stamps but no postmark, but police were able to diffuse the device after discovering it in an area where mail is processed.Berlin Police said in a statement: "The package contained an explosive mix. It was designed to cause severe injuries when the package is opened."The Conspiracy of Fire Cell group said in a statement: "We still have the rage. We sent the package to Germany's finance minister as part of the second act of Nemesis Plan.TWITTERPolice have cordoned off the sceneGOOGLEPolice confirmed one person was slightly injured"Nothing is over, everything continues."Nine suspected members of the armed anarchist group are currently on trial at a court set up inside Korydallos prison, for their alleged role in bombings and other attacks.The group has claimed responsibility for a spate of parcel bombings last November that targeted embassies and even reached the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.The IMF has been involved in discussions between Greece and its international creditors on disbursing new loans to Athens under a bailout programme.Related articles

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