One injured in dual attacks in Corsica

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Bomb attacks on a government office and police headquarters in Ajaccio on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica

   AJACCIO, France, December 20, 2007 - Bomb attacks on a government office
and police headquarters in Ajaccio on the French Mediterranean island of
Corsica caused considerable damage and injured at least one person, officials
said Thursday.
   The first blast destroyed the offices of a government equipment department,
located on the ground floor of a building of subsidised apartments, according
to an AFP journalist at the scene.
   The blast blew out windows of many apartments, and at least one person was
injured by flying glass.
   The second blast, likely caused by a grenade, exploded in the courtyard of
the police headquarters for the southern part of the island, causing minor
damage to parked cars and walls.
   "The police officers on guard duty in the courtyard were not hit but that's
a miracle as the explosive device landed near them," state prosecutor Jose
Thorel told AFP.
   Police have been on alert for possible violence from Corsican separatists
since the sentencing last week of Yvan Colonna, 47, for killing Claude
Erignac, the state-appointed "prefect" or governor of Corsica, in February
1998.
   The murder of the prefect was by far the most serious act of violence in
some 30 years of generally low-level separatist violence on the island.

AFP

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