Blast damages Corsican resort, no casualties

2nd March 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 2, 2006 (AFP) - A powerful bomb badly damaged a resort complex in Corsica overnight but caused no casualties, French police said Thursday.

PARIS, March 2, 2006 (AFP) - A powerful bomb badly damaged a resort complex in Corsica overnight but caused no casualties, French police said Thursday.

Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, suspicion immediately focused on groups that have been waging a long and low-level violent struggle for independence or autonomy since the 1970s.

The Mediterranean island is the birthplace of one of France's greatest national heroes, Napoleon Bonaparte.

Police said the bomb blew apart an activities hall in the centre of a 110-bungalow complex built on Olmeto beach, on the south of the island. The property is owned by the French bank Societe Generale and a regional medical insurance state agency.

The damage was "very great" with the roof ripped off, police said.

The separatist groups on the island frequently carry out bomb attacks on properties belonging to mainland French people or foreigners as well as on banks, police stations and hotels.

They ensure that private villas and tourist targets are empty before targeting them, so as not to cause deaths and scare off the 2.3 million visitors per year who underpin the island's leisure-based economy.

But they have also shown themselves to be vicious against French government representatives and their families. In 1998, the top state administrator of Corsica was shot dead on a busy street in the main city of Ajaccio.

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