July 2, 2010 / 6:25 PM / in 7 years

Bomb damages Canadian military recruiting office

OTTAWA (Reuters) - A bomb damaged a Canadian military recruiting office in Quebec on Friday, with a media report saying it may be the work of a radical group linked to two other attacks in recent years.

No one was injured in the early morning explosion in downtown Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, which Quebec media reported was followed by message from a group calling itself “Resistance internationaliste” that said it was responsible.

Quebec police, who were warned about the blast just before it happened, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp they were investigating the claim, but it was not clear who was responsible for the blast that badly damaged the entrance to the recruiting office.

The bombing was to protest Canadian militarism and Canada’s actions in Afghanistan, the group said in an e-mail note to La Presse, the Montreal newspaper reported.

The group, about which little is known, also claimed responsibility after the 2004 bomb attack on a Hydro Quebec power line and for the 2006 firebombing of an oil executive’s car in Quebec.

Reporting by Allan Dowd and Louise Egan; Editing by Frank McGurty

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