According to multiple reports, a letter bomb exploded at the International Monetary Fund office in Paris on Wednesday.
The letter bomb exploded causing injury to the unidentified female employee who opened it at the building which is located near the Arc de Triomphe, in the heart of the French capital.
According to the police, the letter bomb caused the employee sustained facial and hand injuries.
Around 150 employees were evacuated from the IMF office building in the 16th arrondissement, as a precaution and forensic officers were on site.
A spokesman for the police said the IMF office had received threatening phone calls in recent days but there was no evidence that those calls were linked to the incident.
IMF director Christine Lagarde, who is on a trip to Germany to meet the new US Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin later on Thursday said in a statement that she was informed about the explosion.
“I condemn this cowardly act of violence and reaffirm the IMF’s resolve to continue our work in line with our mandate.”
The IMF office letter bomb comes a day after a similar package was sent to the German Finance Ministry meant for Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was intercepted on Wednesday.
The parcel arrived at the ministry and was found to be containing low-grade explosives. It was subsequently identified as suspicious and destroyed by police.
Greek far-left group the Conspiracy of Fire Cells claimed responsibility for sending that parcel.
It is, however, not clear if the two incidents are connected and the group behind the latter is responsible for the IMF office letter bomb.
The IMF is one of the three organizations, along with the European Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB), which bailed out the Greek government after it came close to defaulting on its debts.
Investigators told BFMTV the device was a “large black cylinder, about 30cm long”, with the blast so large the room’s ceiling was hit by shrapnel.
Police authorities in Paris said the explosive substance was not a bomb but rather a homemade “big firecracker”.
France has been in a state of emergency for the past two years after being targeted by several high-profile Islamic terrorist groups including ISIS.
According to French media, France’s anti-terrorism police has opened investigations on the matter concerning links with terrorism.