A bomb blew up a public office in police headquarters Monday, killing one person and injuring 51 others, in another blow in the devastating campaign by Middle East terrorists to hold the city of Paris hostage for the release of three imprisoned comrades.
Premier Jacques Chirac, who had announced new anti-terrorism measures only the night before, rushed to the site of the police headquarters, a short distance from Notre Dame Cathedral on the Ile de la Cite in the Seine River. But the latest bombing, the fourth in a week, only underscored the defiance of the terrorists and the frustration of the French government in trying to stop or even find them.
The problem was confounded by the confusion and nervousness of the people of Paris as citizens spotting suspicious packages and hoaxers intent on playing jokes bombarded the police with phone calls during the day. The police said they investigated hundreds of false alarms in schools, subway stations, train stations, airports, stores, post offices, banks and office buildings.