The suitcase that exploded near a bakery in the French city of Lyon on Friday had a remote control system, local media reported on Saturday, citing sources close to investigators.Daily Mail: Manhunt for Lyon 'nail bomber' suspect in sunglasses and a cap.
According to the BFMTV channel, the detonated bag contained flechettes and a remote control system.
As shown by CCTV cameras, a man, aged 30-35, rode a bicycle to the bakery and set aside a bundle, which subsequently exploded. The law enforcement forces failed to idenify the person responsible for the attack despite having the CCTV footage as the perpetrator was wearing sunglasses and a cap. The police are now searching for the suspect who is still on the loose, according to French anti-terrorism prosecutor.
The parcel bomb was packed with nails, screws and bolts outside a bakery[.]
Police issued an appeal for witnesses on Twitter as they sought the man believed to be in his early 30s, who was picked up by security cameras on a mountain bike immediately before the explosion.
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A source close to the investigation said traces of DNA were isolated from the remnants of the bomb. Police found the attacker used triacetone triperoxide or TATP, a powerful homemade explosive.Sputnik News: 28th week of Yellow Vests Protests.
The case is being handled as a terrorism investigation given the circumstances of the attack, committed in broad daylight, and the use of an explosive device capable of hitting a large number of people with screws and metal balls packed into a bag[.]
Activists have gathered on Saturday in different cities in France for the 28th consecutive week of Yellow Vests protests.Sputnik News Video: Yellow Vests Hold 28th Week of Mass Protests in Paris.
In the lead up to the European Parliament elections, the biggest Yellow Vests marches are being held in Paris and Amiens, the birthplace of the incumbent French president.