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Small explosion hits IKEA store in Dresden

The Local · 11 Jun 2011, 13:09

Published: 11 Jun 2011 12:02 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Jun 2011 13:09 GMT+02:00

A device exploded in the Dresden store at around 8 pm, police confirmed on Saturday. Two people, aged 32 and 41 years old, suffered possible inner-ear trauma from the blast but there were no other injuries. The blast also damaged the floor and some of the furniture on display in the kitchen department.

No one has admitted to carrying out the attack and there are so far no indications as to who the culprit might be. It was the latest incident targeting IKEA following similar attacks on stores in Belgium, France and the Netherlands in recent weeks.

“We don’t know if there is a connection,” said Sabine Nold, spokeswoman for IKEA Germany. “We didn’t receive any threats, either at the headquarters or at the affected store.”

She said all branches had been informed of Friday’s incident and had been asked to be “on extra alert.”

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Your comments about this article

13:43 June 11, 2011 by taiwanluthiers
Could it be a disgruntled employee or customer?
16:37 June 11, 2011 by catjones
That much damage and it's a 'small' explosion?
17:17 June 11, 2011 by finanzdoktor
@ catjones: Maybe it was a small pipe bomb? Or, maybe somebody accidentally altered its original placement, thus causing a difference between how much damage it was meant to inflict, and what actually occurred (if so, then those in the store were quite lucky)? Hope security CCTV caught the person doing this.
18:20 June 11, 2011 by ovalle3.14
Well Germans don't like to be greeted by strangers. Maybe someone at IKEA said one "hej" too many...
18:58 June 11, 2011 by FIUMAN
I am betting the police are looking at anti-global or anarchist groups for this. Personally, I do not care for IKEA as I am more of an antique furniture sort of a person but who in the hell tries to blow up an IKEA?
19:36 June 11, 2011 by Englishted
@FIUMAN. who in the hell tries to blow up an IKEA?

Maybe a muslin extremist who thinks the cartoons came from Sweden not Denmark?
19:42 June 11, 2011 by marimay
I've never heard of an extreme fabric before, englishted.
22:08 June 11, 2011 by Englishted

I misspelt as not to cause offence,but if you look at the picture of peaches in lifestyle thats a extreme fabric or what ?.
07:20 June 12, 2011 by marimay
I try to avoid looking at that picture as much as possible.
03:15 June 13, 2011 by finanzdoktor
@marimay: Amen, could not agree more.
18:09 June 13, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Ikea should make stronger furniture with disclaimer "built to withstand an explosion." Anyway, I hope they catch who did this.
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