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Letter bomb explodes at France office of IMF, injuring 1

China Daily UK | Updated: 2017-03-16 20:10

PARIS — A letter bomb exploded Thursday at the French office of the International Monetary Fund, lightly injuring one person, according to Paris police.

Letter bomb explodes at France office of IMF, injuring 1

Police outside the International Monetary Fund (IMF) offices where an envelope exploded in Paris, France, March 16, 2017.  [Photo/Agencies]

Staff from the IMF office were evacuated and armed military officers and police guarded the area, in a chic district of western Paris. The World Bank office in France is in the same compound.

No other damage was reported in the explosion, according to a police official who was not authorized to be publicly named.

It is unclear who sent the explosive. Thursday's incident came a day after a package arrived at the German Finance Ministry containing low-grade explosives, like those used in firecrackers.

Mailroom employees at the ministry quickly identified the package as suspicious and called in explosives experts, who destroyed it with a controlled explosion.
The IMF office in France did not immediately respond to calls.

France remains in a state of emergency after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks over the past two years.


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