The French police maintains the search for the individual who placed on Friday a backpack pump in the center of Lyon, in the east of the country, which caused 13 injured, and in the next few hours will broadcast new photos taken by the cameras video surveillance to identify it. This was stated on Saturday by the Paris prosecutor, Rémy Heitz, responsible for terrorism cases, who said that for the moment no claim has been received from the case. Heitz assured that no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Without clarifying for the moment if it is a terrorist act, he assured that the open investigation does not rule out the attempt of murder in relation to terrorist objectives or association of criminals with terrorist ends. The identification of the individual is not easy because he wore a dark cap and sunglasses, said the prosecutor.
The events took place on the corner between Victor Hugo Street and Sala Street, very close to Bellecour Square, considered the heart of Lyon. The prosecutor did not give any precision about the identity of the individual, but described his clothing. He assured that 90 researchers are behind his trail, to which we must add 30 technicians and 20 support agents.
The police released a first image last night, through social networks, which has allowed to receive dozens of testimonies that are being studied. The prosecutor said that the cameras have allowed investigators to trace the suspect's route, which arrived by bicycle to the central pedestrian area of Lyon shortly before 5.30 pm (15.30 GMT). After getting off the bike and walking with her by the hand a few meters, he placed it next to a concrete pillar that was in front of a bakery, before taking the same way back, where his track is lost.
Heitz said the explosive was detonated remotely thanks to a mechanism and that the device contained two-centimeter screws, nails and pellets. The explosion affected 13 people, including a 10-year-old boy who suffers minor injuries; 11 had to be hospitalized and some will undergo surgical operations in the next few hours. All the injured were injured by the impact of metals on their lower limbs and none of those affected suffered serious damage.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, spoke last night of "attack", without going to determine the circumstances of it. The Minister of Justice, Nicole Belloubet, confirmed that "it is soon" to talk about a terrorist act. The French Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, ordered the authorities of the country to strengthen security in public places and at sporting, cultural and religious events.
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