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Ikea stores hit in bomb attacks

TT/The Local/pvs · 31 May 2011, 08:05

Published: 31 May 2011 08:05 GMT+02:00

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The first explosion occurred at an Ikea store in Gent in Belgium. Following a warning, two alarm clocks exploded in in the warehouse, according to Belgian news agency Belga.

While a few staff reported problems with their hearing after the blast, no serious injuries were reported and damage was limited.

Later on Monday a refuse bin exploded at Ikea's store in Eindhoven in the Netherlands with police acting to evacuate the store.

A bomb threat was also made in connection with the blast, according to the Dutch De Telegraaf daily.

The company has described the explosion as an "incident", the newspaper writes, electing not to deploy additional security measures.

The third explosion occurred near Lille in northern France.

The explosives used at all three locations are reported by the Belgian Le Soir daily to be identical and the modus operandi also shows distinct similarities.

Belgian and Dutch police are investigating the possible links between the cases.

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Swedish furniture giant Ikea has been targeted in a bomb attack before - in March 2009 when a store in Amsterdam was evacuated after a threat.

A woman was later arrested in connection with the Amsterdam incident.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:41 May 31, 2011 by JulieLou40
"Police suspect a link". Noooooo....really??
08:57 May 31, 2011 by wenddiver
Appears to be a series of unconnected events. No possibility of a link. Ha, ha.
09:54 May 31, 2011 by Gazzo
Check your sources. All 3 attacks were done in the same way (boms connected to an alarmclock hidden in a carton of milk). Only difference is, is that the belgian one was in the store and the one in france & netherlands were on the parking lot.

No confirmation of a connection, but it probably is.

More info :


(belgian side of the story)

or the dutch side


both links are in dutch.
09:56 May 31, 2011 by occassional
Never liked those Billy bookshelves...
09:57 May 31, 2011 by zeero
I guess that finally someone decided to retaliate against the quality of IKEA:-)
10:12 May 31, 2011 by philster61
I wish I could blow up my Ikea furniture...
10:13 May 31, 2011 by technoviking
Putting their furniture together sucks... but come on. ;)
10:17 May 31, 2011 by byke
I cant wait to see who is responsible ... "The flatpack front" LOL
11:24 May 31, 2011 by unseen
the only connection i can see is some swedes were not happy for Ikea being a foreign company
13:54 May 31, 2011 by jack sprat
One obvious common factor is Kamprad where the term Nazi keeps rearing its ugly head due to a strong school of thought that the leopard has not really changed its spots.

On the other hand it could simply be the beginnings of an anti-flat pack, junk furniture revolution.
16:16 May 31, 2011 by Gazzo
latest news about it is that it was small fireworks in all 3 stores.
17:17 May 31, 2011 by wenddiver
We suspect the Antique shop.
01:12 June 3, 2011 by Tdye
@unseen that would be kind of pointless wouldnt it?.. Ikea would be bringing more money in to your economy

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