French security forces have arrested two people on Monday for alleged involvement with the bomb attack on Friday in the French city of Lyon, which left thirteen wounded.
“A suspect has just been arrested,” French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said through his Twitter account before applauding the mobilization of security forces and authorities.
According to the information provided by the French newspaper ‘Le Figaro’, the detainee is a man of 24 years of Algerian nationality suspected of being responsible for the placement of the explosive, although this point has not been officially confirmed.
The suspect has been arrested in Lyon and is expected to be transferred soon to Paris for a first court hearing. The newspaper has indicated that the man would not have a record and would not have been under surveillance before the attack.
Subsequently, the mayor of Lyon, Gerard Collomb, has pointed out that there has been the arrest of a second suspect, a relative of the first detainee, according to the television network BFMTV.
The incident took place at 5.30 pm on Friday when a hooded man riding a bicycle placed a bomb parcel on Victor Hugo Street, a pedestrian area in the center of Lyon, then fled. The police have spread the image of the suspect captured by the security cameras.
The surveillance cameras recorded a stranger who arrived at a bakery and left the object that later exploded , leaving thirteen wounded, among them a girl from Paris.
The Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office investigates the events as a possible act of terrorism, although the head of the Paris Antiterrorist Prosecutor’s Office, Remy Heitz, emphasized on Saturday that no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Ministry of the Interior decided immediately after the attack to strengthen security in public places and sporting, cultural and religious events as a preventive measure.