Blast in French city of Lyon wounds 7; causes unknown

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LYON, France (AP) – An explosion on a busy street in the French city of Lyon wounded seven people on Friday, local officials said.

The cause of the blast wasn’t immediately known, said Kamel Amerouche, the regional authority’s communications chief. Authorities couldn’t confirm reports that it was a small package that exploded.

Amerouche told The Associated Press that the wounded suffered leg injuries and weren’t life-threatening. He said the explosion occurred in or outside a store of the bakery chain Brioche Doree.

Earlier, French officials said eight people were wounded, but later lowered the figure to seven.

The street was blocked off by police in Lyon’s second district. The area, the Presqu’ile, is the center of the city between the Rhone and Saone rivers that run through France’s third-largest city.

French President Emmanuel Macron during a live interview about the European Parliament elections, calling it an “attack,” confirmed that there are had been no fatalities and sent “a thought for the injured and their families.”