Incident Summary:

03/11/2000: An explosion caused extensive damage at a tax office in Argentre-du-Plessis (Ille-et-Vilaine), France. An explosive charge consisting of dynamite partially destroyed the ground floor and first floor of the building.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity French Tax Office
Specific Description Argentre-du-Plessis Tax Office in France
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information According to initial investigations, the explosives were part of the same dynamite stolen in Plevin (in Brittany) in September 1999 and used in bomb attacks for which the Breton Revolutionary Army (Breton separatist group) had claimed responsibility. ARB was thought to have been demonstrating its support for a strike by the country's tax officers, which forced the government to postpone the date scheduled for 2000 income tax declarations.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Breton Liberation Front (FLB) (suspected) Breton Revolutionary Army (armed wing) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Explosive Device Damages Tax Office in Brittany,” France Info Radio, March 11, 2000.
“ETA Explosives Used in Breton Separatist Attack,” Madrid El Mundo, March 12, 2000.