Incident Summary:

01/22/2001: An explosion occurred at the the building housing the Ministry of Justice in Annecy, France. There were no injuries or fatalities but there was extensive property damage. Officials believed that this incident was the work of the Armata Corsa organization.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity French Ministry of Justice
Specific Description Annecy Ministry of Justice building
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 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 Armata Corsa Organization threatened to launch attacks earlier in the month in Paris and Strasbourg to protest the lack of progress in the investigation into the assassination of Jean-Michel Rossi, a Corsican nationalist, and his bodyguard who were killed in August, 2000.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Armata Corsa (suspected) 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
“Explosion Blows out Windows at Annecy Courthouse,” Associated Press, January 23, 2001.
“France: Authorities Treat Law Court’s Explosion as ‘Attack’,” Agence France Presse, January 23, 2001.
Jonathan Birchall, “Terrorism Probe on Corsica Blast,” Financial Times, January 24, 2001.