Skip to comments.Man Detained in Embassy Bombing in Paris
Posted on 10/11/2004 11:44:18 AM PDT by TexKat
PARIS - Police investigating a bomb attack at the Indonesian Embassy have arrested a man at an Internet cafe from where an e-mail was sent claiming responsibility, judicial officials said Monday.
The man, who said he is from Cameroon, was detained Sunday and was still being held Monday, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Investigators were checking his identity and background.
The e-mail, sent to police in Paris and to some French media, claimed responsibility for the blast Friday that slightly injured a handful of people.
Officials said the man appeared to be mentally troubled. He claimed that his former partner was among victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States.
The e-mail claimed responsibility in the name of the Armed French Islamic Front, a previously unknown group. Investigators said they were treating the e-mail with skepticism.
Among other things, it demanded the release of Islamic militants convicted of bombings in Paris in 1995.
The authors also said they would maintain a cease-fire until Jan. 30, after which "we will take new actions bloodier than ever in France."
French authorities tightened security around embassies in Paris following the bombing, which loosened stones from a wall of the mission, broke windows in the neighborhood and damaged cars in the vicinity. The bomb was concocted with a canister of gas filled with gunpowder, police said.
On Monday, police explosives experts set off a controlled detonation of a case on a motorbike parked in front of the Canadian ambassador's residence.
Police said they were exercising heightened vigilance after the embassy bombing. Similar checks of suspicious packages took place in front of the Iraqi and Kuwaiti embassies, police said.
By "detained" they mean "taken out to dinner by President Chirac."