PARIS — A bomb exploded Saturday at the central Paris branch of the British-owned Marks & Spencer department stores--the third mystery bombing of the store in nine years--killing one employee and injuring 14, two seriously, police reported.
The bomb fatally wounded employee Leonard Rochas as he was opening the rear doors at 9:30 a.m. Flying glass from shattered store windows caused most of the injuries, and some victims suffered burns, authorities said.
Several groups claimed responsibility for the bombing, which occurred exactly nine years after the first attack on the store. But police said they were not taking seriously the claims, which were made in telephone calls and contained no specific information.
The anonymous callers included the Fatah Revolutionary Commando, a group reputed to be led by Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal, and Direct Action, a French terrorist organization.