2nd LD Writethru: At least 8 injured in parcel bomb explosion in French city

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PARIS, May 24 (Xinhua) -- An explosion of a parcel bomb wounded at least eight people in the central French city of Lyon on Friday afternoon, regional authorities said.

"Explosion in Lyon.... Perimeter of security put in plac. For your safety avoid the area," prefecture of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes et du Rhone said in a Twitter message.

"First casualties: eight slightly wounded," it added.

The explosion took place at around 5:40 p.m. local time (1540 GMT) on a pedestrian street in the second district of Lyon, state-run France info radio reported.

Citing the Interior Ministry, it added the blast was due to suspected package bomb. President Emmanuel Macron called the incident as "an attack".

"There was an attack in Lyon, everyone knows ... At this stage, there is no victim. There are wounded (people), so I want to have a thought for the wounded and their families, of course," he was quoted as saying by local media. Enditem

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