Thirteen people were injured in a suspected parcel bomb blast which struck the centre of Lyon on Friday afternoon.

The blast occurred in the central Victor Hugo Street, which was evacuated and cordoned off by security forces.

“I work in that bakery and I was there with my colleagues, and actually I was there with them when we heard a big noise, we left and we saw a crowd of people, everyone ran everywhere, the police and security forces were there and all those who followed, and that has really shocked all of us," a local baker recounted.

According to a police sources, the package contained screws or bolts and was placed in front of a bakery.

The suspect was filmed leaving a bag in front the shop ahead of the explosion, which occurred at around 5:30 pm local time, as confirmed by Mayor Denis Broliquier.

Thirteen people were injured, with 11 having been rushed to hospital, according to reports.

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