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Wave of bombs hits Corsica

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Extremist Corsican nationalists appear to have made a show of strength on the French island. No claims have been made, but the attacks bear all the hallmarks of their previous attacks.

Around 20 bomb attacks were committed overnight on a range of public buildings, branches of mainland-based businesses, or second homes. Some of the bombs failed to explode and there were no victims. Damage was widespread, ranging from a branch of Electricité de France in Porto-Vecchio, to a post office in Corte, and a holiday home in Bonifacio. Some of the targets were near crowded cafe terraces. Bomb disposal experts were in some cases able to defuse devices before they could explode. Extremist nationalists movement often conducts such attacks just ahead of the tourist season in a bid to hurt the tourism industry and gain the maximum publicity.