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The far-left Direct Action (AD) terror group detonated a bomb at the headquarters of the Brigade de répression du banditisme (BRB) police division in Paris, France on 9 July 1986. It killed the division's chief inspector, Marcel Basdevant, and injured 22 other officers. The group claimed responsibility two days later.[1][2]

1986 Paris police station attack
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Quai de Gesvres in 2012, street of the police station
LocationQuai de Gesvres, Paris, France
Date9 July 1986
4:00 pm
Non-fatal injuries
PerpetratorAction directe

The bomb was thought to contain 10 kg of explosives and was planted in a restroom on the third floor. It caused major damage to the building, which was still new.[3] Maxime Frérot, a member of Action Directe's Lyon branch, was arrested in 1989 for the attack. He was eventually sentenced to serve 23 years in prison.[4][5]

On the same day, the West German Red Army Faction (which is allied with Direct Action) assassinated Karl Heinz Beckurts.[6]

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  1. ^ Universalis, Encyclopædia. "6-21 juillet 1986 - France. Série d'attentats à Paris revendiqués par Action directe - Événement - Encyclopædia Universalis". Encyclopædia Universalis.
  2. ^ "Les trente ans de bagarre de la brigade antibanditisme". 30 January 2005.
  3. ^ "la BRB... 40 ans de belles affaires. Mais pas que..." 16 May 2016.
  4. ^ "HISTOIRE : Chronique culturelle du 9 juillet". 9 July 2017.
  5. ^ "30 ans de grands bandits".
  6. ^ Ciment, James (10 March 2015). "World Terrorism: An Encyclopedia of Political Violence from Ancient Times to the Post-9/11 Era: An Encyclopedia of Political Violence from Ancient Times to the Post-9/11 Era". Routledge – via Google Books.