Fresh blast at Ikea store in Germany, one hurt

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An explosive device went off in an Ikea furniture store in the east German city of Dresden late Friday, slightly injuring one person, a police spokesman told AFP Saturday.

At the end of May several small booby-trapped packages exploded in Ikea stores in France, Belgium and The Netherlands, with no claim of responsibility.

At least one woman suffered damage to her eardrum in Friday's blast in the kitchen showroom part of the store, spokesman Thomas Geithner said.

He said it was too early to say whether it had any connection with the earlier explosions on May 30 in the Belgian city of Ghent, Eindhoven in The Netherlands and Lille, in northern France.

No one was hurt in any of the blasts, which caused no damage.

An Ikea spokeswoman in Sweden said those explosions had been caused by small fireworks devices.

"We had not received any threats against Ikea at all," Charlotte Lindgren told AFP.

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