Police hunted on Saturday for a man who left a bomb in a pedestrian shopping street in the central French city of Lyon on Friday that wounded 13 people.
Ninety police investigators supported by 30 scientific officers and technicians as well as local police were searching for the man, who was seen on security cameras at around 5.30 p.m. on Friday, anti-terrorism prosecutor Remy Heitz told reporters.
The man was seen leaving a paper bag in front of a bakery. The package exploded about a minute after he left.
French police were able to track the movements of the man, who appeared to be around 30 years old, for 10 minutes before the attack and are still trying to identify him. The man, who had a bicycle, was wearing sunglasses and a cap.
There has been no claim of responsibility yet for the bomb, Heitz said, calling for witnesses to help police find the suspect.
The case is being handled as a terrorism investigation given the circumstances of the attack, committed in full daylight, and the use of an explosive device capable of hitting a large number of people with screws and metal balls packed into a bag, he said.
Police found pieces of remote detonator and white plastic fragments that were probably part of the device, Heitz said.
Eleven of those wounded in the explosion, including a 10-year-old girl, were hospitalized.
Authorities have boosted surveillance and protection of public areas after militant groups carried out a string of attacks around France that killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds in the past few years.
The Interior Ministry called for local authorities to raise surveillance and security in and around public areas and public events. The police chief of the region around Lyon banned demonstrations in the northern part of the city and reinforced army patrols in the city.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
Key EU countries agree on redistribution scheme for sea migrants
Tens of thousands stranded as travel company Thomas Cook collapses
Party will decide our Brexit stand, says Corbyn
Swiss hold high-altitude wake for lost glacier
Germany heads to UN with plan to save planet
Corbyn urges unity amid British Labour party's 'battle for future'
British government plays down bailout chances for Thomas Cook
Royal baby Archie awaited in S Africa for first official trip
Labour wrestles with Brexit, election plans