One day after a package of explosives was discovered at the German finance ministry, moments ago French BFM TV reported, and Reuters confirmed , that a letter exploded when it was opened at the headquarters of the IMF, injuring one person according to police.
BREAKING: One person injured in Paris in explosion after opening an envelope at IMF offices - BFM TV pic.twitter.com/wiUJCxietj
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BFM TV adds that an explosion took place following the opening of an envelope, injuring one person at 66, Avenue d'Iéna, the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The structure of the building is not damaged. The police are on location.
According to Bloomberg, a Paris police official says an envelope exploded leaving only one person with slight injuries. The official said police is investigating but the explosion is "nothing serious." Representatives at IMF Paris office weren’t immediately available for comment.
“I have been informed about the explosion in the IMF’s Paris office, which caused injuries to one of our staff,’’ IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in an e-mailed statement.
“I have been in touch with the office, and my compassion goes to the colleagues there. I condemn this cowardly act of violence and reaffirm the IMF’s resolve to continue our work in line with our mandate”
“We are working closely with the French authorities to investigate this incident and ensure the safety of our staff”
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