French police have arrested four Algerian Muslims over an explosion in the heart of the southeastern city of Lyon last week which injured 13 people, authorities said Monday. The suspected bomber, a 24-year-old Algerian citizen (surveillance photo above), was arrested along with his mother, his father and another Algerian student who is a family friend.
France24The suspect is an IT student previously unknown to police, Lyon’s mayor Gerard Collomb said. Police have also questioned his sister but she has not been arrested, the Paris prosecutors added.
Prosecutors opened an investigation over “attempted murders linked to an Islamic terrorist organization”.
Sources close to the investigation suspected the explosive was acetone peroxide, or APEX, a volatile compound used in deadly Paris attacks that happened on November 13, 2015. Investigators recovered small screws, ball bearings and batteries along with a printed circuit and a remote-controlled trigger device. Officials later said the charge was relatively weak.
Thirteen people were wounded in the blast — eight women, four men and a 10-year-old girl — of whom 11 needed hospital treatment. None of their injuries is believed to be life-threatening. Authorities said some needed surgery to remove shrapnel.
France has been on high alert following a wave of deadly jihadist terror attacks since 2015 which have killed more than 250 people.