A letter bomb exploded at the International Monetary Fund’s office in Paris, France, injuring one person.
According to Paris police officials, the office was evacuated and no one else is believed to be injured.
Police said there were also telephone threats against the IMF office, but it is unclear if they are linked to the explosive device. Furthermore, at this time it is not clear who sent the bomb.
A letter exploded when it was opened at the offices in central Paris of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday and one person was slightly injured, police sources said.
The Paris police department said on Twitter an operation was ongoing at the offices of the IMF and World Bank after a person was hurt following the apparent explosion of a suspect package.
“An envelope exploded after it was opened and one person was slightly injured in the offices of the IMF,” one police source told Reuters.
The incident, just six weeks before a presidential election, comes as a militant Greek group Conspiracy of Fire Cells claimed responsibility for a parcel bomb mailed to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Wednesday.
A source told Mirror that the explosive device “exploded in the face of a member of the IMF’s clerical staff”.
Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, released a statement:
“I have been informed about the the explosion in the IMF’s Paris office, which caused injuries to one of our staff. I have been in touch with the office, and my compassion goes to the colleagues there.
I condemn this cowardly act of violence and reaffirm the IMF’s resolve to continue our work in line with our mandate. We are working closely with the French authorities to investigate this incident and ensure the safety of our staff.”
One person was injured after a letter bomb exploded at the International Monetary Fund’s office in Paris. The injury is not life-threatening.
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