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Blast hurts several at embassy in Paris

PARIS (AP) — An explosion struck the Indonesian Embassy in Paris on Friday, slightly wounding nine people, a French radio station reported.

Europe-1 radio quoted firefighters as saying the explosion took place on the embassy's ground floor. The cause was not immediately clear.

Police set up barriers to block access to the area. Windows were blown out nearby, and rescue workers warned nearby residents to stay indoors, according to the radio report.

Rescue workers led several people from the scene, which was crowded with fire trucks and ambulences. The firefighters cited by Europe-1 said nine people received light wounds.

The embassy is located in the exclusive 16th district of Paris.

Indonesia is preparing to inaugurate a new leader after President Megawati Sukarnoputri was defeated in an election last month.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won a landslide victory in the Sept. 20 polls. The U.S.-educated retired army general was to be inaugurated on Oct. 20.

The election was the first in which Indonesia's 210 million people voted for their president directly. The ballot was praised as a key step in the country's transition to democracy after the downfall of ex-dictator Suharto in 1998.