France: Muslim terrorist, his mother and Algerian friend arrested over Lyon package bomb
French police have arrested three Muslim terrorists over a bomb attack in the heart of the southeastern city of Lyon last week which injured 13 people, authorities said Monday.
The bomber, a 24-year-old Algerian citizen, was arrested along with his mother and another Algerian student who is a family friend, Paris prosecutors said in a statement.
The Muslim terrorist 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.
Police had launched a large manhunt after a bomb filled with nails and bolts exploded on Friday during rush hour in the French city of Lyon, with police hunting a Muslim terrorist in his 30s.
The Muslim terrorist was seen placing a bag outside a bakery in the Victor Hugo area of the city at 5.30pm local time before riding away on a bicycle.
Thirteen people were wounded in the blast — eight women, four men, and a 10-year-old girl.
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.
No terror group has claimed responsibility for the terror attack yet.