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'Homemade device' explodes at IMF's Paris HQ

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 01:55

Paris' police chief says the explosion at the IMF's offices was caused by a homemade device. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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A 'booby-trapped' letter exploding in the face of a secretary at the International Monetary Fund's office in Paris on Thursday (March 16). The woman triggering an explosion as she opened the envelope. Suffering non-life threatening burns to her face and arms. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PARIS POLICE CHIEF, MICHEL CADOT, SAYING: "A bit before midday (1100GMT), at the IMF's French offices here on Lena Avenue, a device, a package which was delivered to the IMF's representative in France, exploded when the secretary proceeded to open the package. It seems that it is a pyrotechnic device or a big firecracker. It's something rather homemade, it is by no means a bomb." The building was immediately evacuated. Armed police swarming to the scene in central Paris. Employees allowed to return inside just hours later. IMF chief Christine Lagarde condemning the explosion as "a cowardly act of violence." Nobody has yet admitted to sending the letter. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PARIS POLICE CHIEF, MICHEL CADOT, SAYING: "There were a few phone calls in the last few days but which do not necessarily seem linked to this case. But as always there are sometimes threats made by telephone in the days before." It comes after a militant Greek group calling itself Conspiracy of Fire Cells claimed responsibility for mailing a parcel bomb to Germany's Finance Minister on Wednesday (March 15). The group behind a wave of parcel bombs sent to foreign embassies in Athens in 2010. The IMF has been involved in discussions between Greece and its international creditors on disbursing new loans to Athens under a bailout programme. No word yet whether the two incidents are connected. France is just six weeks out from a presidential election, and has been hit hard by attacks by Islamist groups in the last few years. The country still in a state of emergency with army units patrolling the streets of Paris. President Francois Hollande says French authorities will do all they can to find those responsible.

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'Homemade device' explodes at IMF's Paris HQ

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 01:55