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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Blast Kills 4 in Paris Subway

PARIS -- An explosion ripped through a subway train in the heart of Paris during rush hour Tuesday, killing at least four people and injuring about 40, authorities said. The prime minister said a bomb was suspected.

The blast at Saint Michel regional subway station in the Latin Quarter was the first to hit central Paris since a wave of bombings nearly a decade ago. There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

Prime Minister Alain Jupp? said outside the station that it was uncertain if the blast was from a bomb "but the presumptions are very strong."

Dozens of emergency vehicles rushed to the scene near Notre Dame cathedral along the Seine River, where the blast occurred inside a train just after 5:30 p.m., said a police spokesman on condition of anonymity.

Victims, some with their faces bathed in blood, were brought out of the station, including a motionless woman on a stretcher. A restaurant was turned into a rescue base, where some victims with lighter injuries were treated.