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Lyon Blast Suspect Reportedly Pledged Allegiance to Daesh

© AFP 2021 / JEFF PACHOUDPolice officers set a perimeter in front a 'Brioche doree' bakery before French Mayor of Lyon's visit on May 25, 2019 the day after a suspected package bomb blast along a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon, southeast France
Police officers set a perimeter in front a 'Brioche doree' bakery before French Mayor of Lyon's visit on May 25, 2019 the day after a suspected package bomb blast along a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon, southeast France - Sputnik International
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Earlier in the week, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced that police had arrested a man suspected of being involved in the last week's paper bag bomb explosion in Lyon.

A judicial source told Reuters on Thursday that a man, who was earlier identified as a 24-year-old Algerian computer student, had pledged allegiance to Daesh*.

"He admitted having made the parcel bomb and deposited it late on Friday afternoon not far from Lyon-Perrache train station in front of a bakery", the source close to the investigation said.

Forensic officers inspect the site of a suspected bomb attack in central Lyon, France May 24, 2019 - Sputnik International
French Media Reveals Alleged Identity of Lyon Blast Suspect as Algerian
Last Friday, an explosion occurred at the corner of Victor Hugo Street and Sala Street in Lyon at around 17:40 local time (15:40 GMT), injuring 13 people. According to the French Interior Ministry spokesman, the explosive device was a "homemade nail bomb", while local media reported that it had a remote control system.

Following the incident, more than a hundred investigators and technical experts were engaged in searching for the suspect, who was allegedly caught on CCTV cameras.

*Daesh [the Islamic State, ISIL, ISIS] — a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and many other countries

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