Shops in Amsterdam evacuated after bomb threat

12th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The area around Amsterdam Ikea store and shops in the Arena shopping mall remain close as police investigate what they described as “a serious threat involving explosives”.

AMSTERDAM – Shops in Amsterdam Arena shopping mall and the Ikea furniture store in southeast Amsterdam remained closed on Thursday following a bomb threat in the morning.

The area around the Ikea furniture store along A9 highway and shops in the Arena shopping mall have been evacuated and cordoned off after the threat was made at 09:00 on Thursday.

Police are currently investigating what they described as “a serious threat involving explosives”.

According to media reports, the Ikea store received a warning call targeting furniture stores. An Ikea spokesperson said the threat was not targetted specifically at the Swedish furniture chain.

In December 2002, explosives were found in Ikea stores in Amsterdam and the town of Sliedrecht, to the southeast of Rotterdam. This led to all Ikea stores in the country being closed for two days.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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