Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Explosion at International Monetary Fund office in Paris, one injured

Explosion at International Monetary Fund office in Paris, one injured

The French news agency AFP said an IMF Paris employee suffered burns to her hands and face while opening a letter that exploded.

German media reports said it also targeted German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in 2011.

In the recent days, International Monetary Fund office had received threatening calls.

No injuries were reported in that incident.

Past year in July, France's Nice was struck by a "terror" attack with at least 80 people were killed after a truck barrelled two kilometres through the festive crowd during the Bastille Day fireworks display.

Noting the "similarity" with the Berlin attack, he said authorities would seek answers "in the framework of an worldwide investigation". The World Bank has offices in the same compound.

IMF Director Christine Lagarde, who is on a trip to Germany, said in a statement she was informed about the explosion.

An envelope exploded when it was opened on Thursday (Friday NZ Time), leaving the person holding it "slightly injured", police said.

"We are again confronted with an attack, there is no other word for it when you are confronted with a package bomb", French President Francois Hollande told reporters Thursday.

"It seems to be a pyrotechnic device or a big firecracker", the Paris police prefect, Michel Cadot, said, according to Le Monde.

The incident comes after a parcel bomb was intercepted by the German finance ministry on Wednesday. Gas canisters were thrown at the store, causing light damage.

A spokesman for the Paris police referred to the device as "a suspicious package with, according to preliminary information, a firework inside".

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