PARIS (Mar. 20)
One person was killed and 22 were injured, II of them, critically, when a powerful bomb exploded on the Champs-Elysees Thursday evening. An Arab terrorist group, “The Union for Arab Political Prisoners in the Middle East,” claimed responsibility for the outrage. It occurred only 15 minutes after Jacques Chirac was sworn in as France’s new Prime Minister.
The same terrorist group detonated a bomb on a fast passenger train last week, injuring three people. It is believed the terrorist acts are intended to pressure France to accede to conditions demanded by Shiite extremists for release of seven French hostages they are holding in Lebanon.