Members of a Spanish Anarchist group have claimed responsibility for a bomb explosion outside the Palais de Justice in Paris on Wednesday (15 January).
GV EXT Palais de Justice (3 shots)
CU Ornamental railing
SV Police inside building (3 shots)
SV PAN Damaged stained glass windows
SV Fragments of glass on floor
SV PAN Damaged statue inside building (2 shots)
CU Face and other parts of statue on floor
SV Damaged statue and debris
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Background: Members of a Spanish Anarchist group have claimed responsibility for a bomb explosion outside the Palais de Justice in Paris on Wednesday (15 January). The blast shattered several windows in the French Supreme traditional symbol of justice, King Louis the Ninth.
Court officials were warned minutes before the explosion by an anonymous telephone caller who claimed to be acting on behalf of the Group for Revolutionary and Internationalist Actions (GARI). The Group also claimed responsibility for a police station fire in the central France town of Clermont-Ferrand later on Wednesday.
In a communique sent to he Reuters news agency, GARI stated that their actions were designed to pressurise the French Government into granting political prisoner status to seven alleged GARI members on hunger strike in a Paris prison.
Four of the prisoners are charged with involvement in a number of hold-ups and bombings in Belgium and southern France. The three others are charged with gun-running after police discovered a large quantity of arms in their car in a routine check in Paris last September.