French traffic radar activist injured by home-made bomb
The man who was injured by a home-made bomb in his flat near Paris claimed to be a member of the Nationalist Fraction of the Revolutionary Army.29 May 2008
PARIS - A French postman claiming to belong to a shadowy group that wages war on traffic radars was critically injured by a home-made bomb in his flat near Paris on Wednesday, officials said.
The device exploded in the man's apartment in Clichy-la-Garenne west of the capital just after midnight, tearing off his hands.
The 41-year-old victim was hospitalised in a serious condition. It was unclear whether the blast was set off deliberately.
Anti-terrorist police took over the inquiry after the victim told firefighters he was a member of the FNAR - the Nationalist Fraction of the Revolutionary Army - a group that claimed responsibility for blowing up ten traffic radars around Paris in recent months.
In a letter sent to the interior ministry in September, the FNAR demanded EUR 4 million to call off their campaign.
Town mayor Gilles Catoire said a large amount of explosives was found in the apartment, part of a building owned by the post office.
Investigators also found a collection of far-right paraphernalia including a book about Adolf Hitler.
A second man, thought to be a neighbour and fellow postal worker, was arrested Wednesday morning and taken into custody, sources close to the investigation said.
Both men worked at the same postal sorting centre, investigators said.
[AFP / Expatica]