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Thursday, 16 March 2017

IMF says 1 staffer injured in explosion at its Paris offices

"I have been in touch with the office, and my compassion goes to the colleagues there," IMF boss Christine Lagarde said in a statement. "I condemn this cowardly act of violence and reaffirm the IMF's resolve to continue our work in line with our mandate."
French Police officers secure the scene near the Paris offices of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on March 16, 2017 in Paris, after a letter bomb exploded in the premises.
An employee at the Paris offices of the International Monetary Fund suffered injuries to her hands and face after opening a letter which exploded on March 16, police said. Several people were evacuated from the building near the Arc de Triomphe monument "as a precaution", a police source said.
Local media reports indicated the explosion may have been caused by a letter bomb.

The incident comes one day after a package containing explosives was discovered at the German finance ministry. It was not immediately clear whether the cases in France and Germany are connected.
The package in Germany was delivered to the finance ministry's post room at 9.30 am local time on Wednesday. Berlin police determined that it contained explosives used in fireworks that would have caused considerable damage if opened.

Berlin 'parcel bomb' came from Athens

Berlin police said on Thursday that the package was posted in Greece. Greek law enforcement officials confirmed that the package had been sent from Athens.

A Greek anti-establishment radical group "Conspiracy of Cells of Fire" claimed responsibility for sending the package to Germany.

"We still have the rage," it said in a statement posted online. "We sent the parcel bomb to the minister of finance of Germany as part of the second act of the Project Nemesis. Nothing is over, everything continues."

Germany and the IMF have led successive Greek bailouts that saved the country from bankruptcy and crashing out of the euro in return for years of deep austerity including big cuts to pensions and government spending.

The Greek economy has shrunk by about 25% since 2008.

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble is scheduled to meet U.S. Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin in Berlin on Thursday. Their talks come on the eve of a meeting of G-20 finance ministers and central bankers in Baden-Baden, Germany.

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