Incident Summary:

05/20/2000: An attempted attack on the Societe Nationale Corse-Mediterranee (SNCM) Ferry Company main office building in Marseille, France, was foiled when security guards found a container with 20 liters of solid nitrate with a timer detonator. The device was deactivated prior to causing any damage. There was no claim of responsibility for the incident.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Societe Nationale Corse-Mediterranee (SNCM)
Specific Description SNCM Main Office Building in Marseille
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Time Fuse
Weapon Details
The bomb used in this incident was comprised of 20 liters of solid nitrate with a timer detonator.
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 The incident occurred just hours after SNCM staff voted to end a five-day strike.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"France: Explosive Attack on Corsica Ferry Company Foiled," France Info Radio, May 21, 2000.
Andrew Spurrier, "Marseille: SNCM Attempt Foiled After Strike Action was Resolved," Lloyd's List, May 22, 2000.