Two more middle-of-the-night blasts hit Corsica

16th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

AJACCIO, France, June 16, 2006 (AFP) - Two bomb blasts caused damage but no casualties in Corsica overnight, hitting a bar and a holiday home, a security services source said Friday.

AJACCIO, France, June 16, 2006 (AFP) - Two bomb blasts caused damage but no casualties in Corsica overnight, hitting a bar and a holiday home, a security services source said Friday.

In the seaside town of Porticcio, in the south of the island, an empty brasserie was badly damaged by a blast at 4am.

"There was substantial damage," the source said, without giving further detail.

The other blast happened at the site of a holiday home under construction at Piana, another southern seaside spot, the same source said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts.

In recent months two rival pro-independence groups have issued competing statements calling for a resumption of "armed struggle" against French rule of the Mediterranean island.

Corsica has been prey to three decades of unrest which targets symbols of French authority, mostly through night-time bomb attacks against empty buildings.

The all-important tourist trade on the island has been mostly unaffected, although such blasts frequently destroy vacation homes belonging to non-Corsicans.

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