Incident Summary:

10/17/2002: A bomb exploded in a police garage in Alleria, Corsica. No one was injured in the attack. The incident occurred a week before Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy was scheduled to arrive. Authorities interpret the explosion as a message from separatists to the French government to expedite granting greater autonomy to Corsica. The bomb was one of 14 explosions that occurred throughout the night at various towns in Corsica.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity A police garage
Specific Description A police garage in Alleria
Nationality of Target Corsica
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Multiple incidents - this was one of 14 explosions that happened overnight in Corsica. One source stated that one individual was treated for shock at one of the explosion sites but a second source stated that no one was injured in any of the explosions.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Separatists (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
"Fourteen explosions in Corsica; one person injured," Associated Press Newswires, October 18, 2002
"14 bomb blasts rock Corsica days before French Interior Minister's visit," Agence France-Presse, October 18, 2002