DFA says France bomb blast being monitored


Posted at May 25 2019 05:47 PM

Forensic officers inspect the site of a suspected bomb attack in central Lyon, France, on Friday, May 24, 2019. Emmanuel Foudrot, Reuters

MANILA—The Department of Foreign Affairs on Saturday said it is monitoring the bombing in Lyon, France, which left at least a dozen injured.

In a statement, the DFA said the Philippine Embassy is checking with local authorities if Filipinos were among the casualties.

Some 13 people have been brought to hospitals following the blast, which President Emmanuel Macron described as an "attack." None of the injuries was life-threatening.

Police were hunting a man believed to be in his early 30s on a mountain bicycle, whom witnesses and security cameras saw in the area immediately before the explosion.

France has been on high alert following a wave of deadly jihadist terror attacks since 2015, which have killed more than 250 people. --With Agence France-Presse