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    French Police officers secure the scene near the Paris offices of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on March 16, 2017 in Paris, after a letter bomb exploded in the premises

    Letter Explosion Injures One Person at IMF Paris Office

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    A parcel exploded after it was opened Thursday morning at the Paris office of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), local police said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — An IMF staffer received injuries to her face and hands, Paris police prefect Michel Cadot said, as quoted by a local broadcaster BFMTV. It said

    "IMF: An operation is underway after a person was injured by a suspicious booby-trapped parcel," the Paris police department tweeted.

    The police officer said the parcel had been sent by post and described the contents as a "pyrotechnic device, a big firecracker… It was not a bomb, but rather something artificial."

    Sources told the broadcaster the cracker was a 30-cm-long (11.8-inch) cylinder. The Paris police department said judicial police had launched in investigation into the incident. It said the injured employee had been taken to hospital.


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