Paris IMF Explosion: Female Employee Injured In A Blast After Opening A Parcel

Paris IMF Explosion: Female Employee Injured In A Blast After Opening A Parcel
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A female employee has been injured after an explosion at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) offices in Paris.

French media reported that the letter, which had arrived by mail, exploded as it was opened by a secretary at the institution’s office.

A spokesperson for the Paris prefecture of police said: “An operation is underway for a person injured by a suspicious package with, according to preliminary information, a firework inside.”

Investigators have stated that the device was a “large black cylinder, about 30cm long”, with the blast so large the room’s ceiling was hit by shrapnel.

Police authorities in Paris said the explosive substance was not a bomb but rather a homemade “big firecracker”.

François Hollande, the French president, described the explosion as a “terrorist attack”.

“There is no other word for it when you are confronted with a letter bomb,” he said.

 

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