Incident Summary:

08/17/2000: A rocket with an inert charge was fired at a government building in Sartene in southern Corsica, France. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but local authorities blamed armed militants within the highly fragmented Corsican nationalist movement. No one was injured in the attack.




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 Sub-Prefect of Sartene
Specific Description The private living quarters of the sub-prefect of Sartene
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
The rocket launcher was a Soviet manufactured RPG-7.
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 detained perpetrator was suspected by the authorities to be associated with the Armata Corsa clandestine group.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Armata Corsa (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
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
Robert Graham, “Corsican rocket attack blamed on nationalists,” Financial Times, August 18, 2000.
Adam Sage, “Rocket hits Corsican building,” The Gazette, August 18, 2000.
“Le Monde on suspect confession to Corsica rocket attack,” Le Monde, August 22, 2000.