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2 arrested over nail bomb that wounded 13 in Lyon

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a parcel bomb detonated in the French city of Lyon on Friday, authorities confirmed to ABCNews.Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner announced a 24-year-old man had been arrested Monday around 10 a.m. on a street in Lyon. The Paris prosecutors office also confirmed that a second suspect had been arrested.

The bomb was detonated on Friday afternoon near a bakery on the busy Victor Hugo street in Frances third-biggest city, wounding 13. Among the wounded, 11 were treated at a local hospital. Several required operations to remove shrapnel from the blast.
Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty ImagesPolice officers set a perimeter in front a Brioche doree bakery before French Mayor of Lyons visit, May 25, 2019, the day after a suspected package bomb blast.

Surveillance footage released by police shows one suspect arriving on foot around 5:25 pm and leaving a paper bag on the floor that detonated about three minutes later, smashing the bakery window to pieces.Due to the nature of the attack -- broad daylight, a crowded pedestrian area -- anti-terrorist police took over the investigation Friday evening.

(MORE: French launch manhunt for suspect behind Lyon blast that injured 13)More than 90 investigators were mobilized, as well as 30 forensic experts, as police launched a public appeal for information related to the attack. Although anti-terror police were responsible for the investigation, there hasnt yet been a claim of responsibility for the attack.

On Saturday, Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz told journalists that at the scene of the blast investigators they found screws, batteries, metal balls and a remote-triggering mechanism. The National Police force had released grainy surveillance-footage images of the suspects on Twitter as part of the effort to locate suspects.

Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty ImagesEmergency workers carry a person injured in suspected package bomb blast along a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon, southeast France, the local prosecutors office said, May 24, 2019.France has been on alert since a series of attacks in Paris in 2015 that killed 130 people and injured hundreds more.

Last December, a gunman killed several people and injured a dozen more at a Christmas Market in Strasbourg, in eastern France.Colis piégé à #Lyon : un suspect vient d’être interpellé.Je salue la mobilisation de la SDAT, de la police judiciaire de Lyon et de la DGSI, co-saisies par la section antiterroriste du parquet de Paris.

Leur action conjointe est déterminante.— Christophe Castaner (@CCastaner) May 27, 2019In central France, Lyon has a population of about 500,000, trailing Paris (2.2 million) and Marseilles (850,000).Lyon, home to perhaps the best club soccer team on the planet, is scheduled to host the Womens World Cup final on July 7.


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