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IMF letter bomb injures one
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IMF letter bomb injures one

16/03/17Government

Police in France have said that a letter bomb has exploded at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) office in Paris, injuring the employee who opened it.

The IMF employee received hand and face injuries, and staff were evacuated.

IMF director Christine Lagarde condemned the “cowardly act of violence” against IMF staff.

Lagarde said in a statement that the IMF was working closely with the French authorities to investigate the letter blast.

Unnamed police sources quoted by local newspaper Le Parisien said the device may have been a firework.

The letter was delivered by post, the Paris police prefect was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency, but its origin was not given immediately.

The office is located on the Avenue Iena, in a central district of the city centre near the Champs-Élysées.

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