Corsica’s FLNC-22 (National Liberation Front of Corsica), has released a statement to Corsica’s daily Corse Matin newspaper, saying it will retaliate against any extremist attacks on the island.

The FLNC (Fronte di Liberazione Naziunale Corsu) is an armed group that advocates independence of the Mediterranean island of Corsica – separate from the French state.

During the early 2000s, the FLNC in Corsica had been divided into the FLNC-UC, the FLNC-1976, and the FLNC-22 October.

In its statement, the FLNC-22 urged Muslims to unite, and asked its community leaders to “take a stand against radical Islam” and “alert us to any excesses you notice among disillusioned youths inclined towards extremism”.

The organization criticized the French government, saying it should end it’s military operations abroad so that they don’t “boomerang on its soil“.

If a tragedy were to happen it [the French government] would bear substantial share of responsibility because it knows who the radicals Islamists are in Corsica…

Addressing Daesh terrorists, the group said:

“You should know that any attack against our people would trigger a determined response, without any qualms… The Salafists clearly want to establish the Daesh (IS) policy among us, and we’re prepared for that.”

In May 2016, the FLNC-22 announced in a statement that they will “end military operations” by October 2016 – instead choosing to allow exclusively diplomatic efforts to secure independence.