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Bomb damages American dormitory on Paris university campus

February 3, 1997

PARIS (AP) _ A bomb exploded outside a dormitory for American students early this morning, shattering the glass entrance and windows but causing no injuries, police said.

Explosives in a gas canister, weighing 28 pounds, exploded at 4:25 a.m. outside the American Pavilion at the Cite Universitaire in southern Paris, a police spokesman said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, the spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Police were investigating what explosive material was inside the canister.

``It was a big noise, a strong explosion,″ said Joseph Seka, a receptionist at the dormitory. He said the building houses 200 students, about 60 percent of them American.

Officials at the pavilion declined immediate comment.

``Everybody’s worried about what’s going to happen,″ Clementina Spinosa, a 20-year-old international relations student from Red Hill, Pa., said after being awakened by the blast.

Still, she said she knew of no students planning to leave the dorm. ``I’m not going anywhere,″ she said.

Bombings in France recent months have been linked to Algerian Muslim militants as well as Basque and Corsican nationalists.

A subway bombing in December that killed four people and a wave of bombings in 1995 were linked to the Algerian militants, who oppose Western links with Algeria’s military-backed government. The bombs in those attacks were usually gas canisters loaded with explosives.

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