Explosion at kebab shop near mosque in France, no casualties

A police investigator inspects the scene after an attack at a kebab restaurant near el Houda mosque in Villefrance-sur-Saone near Lyon on Jan 8, 2015, the day after a shooting at the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. -- PHOTO: REUTER
A police investigator inspects the scene after an attack at a kebab restaurant near el Houda mosque in Villefrance-sur-Saone near Lyon on Jan 8, 2015, the day after a shooting at the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LYON (AFP) - A "criminal" explosion occurred early Thursday at a kebab shop near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone, officials said, but left no casualties.

"It is a criminal act," a local official told AFP, adding that a police investigation has been opened. No link was suggested with the deadly attack on Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo a day earlier.