Grenade blast

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A former French paratrooper who loves weapons lost a hand and injured eight people when a grenade he thought was disarmed blew up in a crowded fast food restaurant in south-western France on Saturday, Reuter reports from Toulouse.

Police said the man pulled the pin on the supposedly harmless grenade before handing it to the restaurant owner as a gift. It exploded, ripping off his hand and injuring eight people. Army officers were called in to defuse an impressive array of weaponry found in the man's jeep, including rocket-launchers.

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