Algerian links to Paris Metro bomb
Saturday 29 July 1995
Two were made in the name of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA), the most ruthless of Algerian fundamentalist groups and the one responsible for hijacking an Air France Airbus last Christmas. The other came from an unknown organisation calling itself the Algerian Islamic Jihad.
The first GIA claim was made in a newsletter, el-Ansar, (The Partisans), distributed outside a mosque in Stockholm yesterday. The second was a telephone call to radio station, RTL in Paris, on Thursday evening, simply claiming responsibility.
The third, on behalf of Algerian Islamic Jihad, was made yesterday to the France Inter radio station in Paris. The call, traced to Frankfurt, was made by someone with a North African accent, and said "our envoy has returned safe and sound to Germany, his land of exile, after accomplishing his mission successfully". The caller warned that for every "Islamist" killed, one French person would be killed "on French territory". No other European country would be affected.
Seven people were killed and more than 80 injured in the blast during the evening rush hour at Saint-Michel station.
One result may be effectively to annul the Schengen agreement on the abolition of border controls in Europe. France, which postponed final implementation of the agreement until January because of "practical problems", reinstated most of its border controls immediately after the bombing, and there is strong pressure to keep the controls indefinitely.
If there is any substance in the GIA claim from Frankfurt, this would only confirm French suspicions that the stricter external border controls, are not effective. It might become impossible for any French government to implement Schengen fully.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again say analysts
World's most lethal spider found under a bunch of bananas
British supermodel and hitmaker join forces to launch a 'huge song'
I Am Bread could actually a challenging and nuanced title
Rumours that the star wants to move on to pastures new
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Ebola outbreak: What is bushmeat – and is it to blame for the disease that has killed thousands?
- 3 Star Wars memorabilia called a 'bit of plastic' on Antiques Roadshow by Fiona Bruce valued at £50,000
- 4 Meet Thea, Norway's 12-year-old child bride
- 5 Russell Brand might seem like a sexy revolutionary worth getting behind, but he will only fail his fans
Kobani: Fifteen-year-old boy taken captive with suspected jihadist 'shot in the head by militant group' fighting against Isis
Ebola outbreak: What is bushmeat – and is it to blame for the disease that has killed thousands?
Isis fighters 'crucify' 17-year-old boy in Syria
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: Olympic star must serve 10 years, prosecutor urges
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
Competitive: Notting Hill Prep School: Spring Term 2015 Innovative, ambitious ...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Operations Data Analyst -...
£35 - £40000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: As the Programmatic Business Develo...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Hull: Randstad Education is currently recruitin...