IKEA: Blackmail threat connected to bomb attacks

9:54 AM, Sep 21, 2011   |    comments
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STOCKHOLM -- IKEA says it is facing blackmail after several of its stores in Europe were bombed in recent months.

IKEA spokeswoman Camilla Meiby says the Swedish-based company has increased security at its stores but was unable to further comment on the "extortion threat" because of the police investigation.

Meiby said Wednesday they are working closely with "various police authorities."

The attacks happened in France, Belgium and Netherlands in May; in Germany in June, and Czech Republic on Sept. 2. Two people were injured in the attack in Germany.

Earlier this month, Europol said it believes the bomb attacks likely were the work of a single man.

Michel Porro

The Associated Press

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