Germany probes international link in Ikea blasts

12th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

German investigators said Sunday they were probing a possible link between a blast at an Ikea in Dresden and explosions at other stores on May 30 in Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

"We want to get hold of the results of the probes into the other attacks to compare them with ours and to see if it could be the same attacker or group," public prosecutor Lorenz Hase told AFP.

He confirmed reports that a man wearing a baseball cap and large sunglasses seen running out of the Ikea store immediately after Friday's explosion spoke English. He was confronted by an Ikea employee but allowed to go.

The explosion on Friday evening in the kitchen equipment department of the Swedish furniture store left two customers needing hospital treatment for blast trauma, reports said.

On May 30, small explosives concealed in alarm clocks detonated at Ikea furniture stores in the Belgian city of Ghent, Lille in northern France and Eindhoven in The Netherlands, causing no damage or injuries.

No one has claimed responsibility.

© 2011 AFP

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