Mystery explosives rattle Ikea stores in Europe
BRUSSELS (AFP) – Police scrambled for clues Tuesday after booby-trapped packages exploded at three Ikea stores in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, with no one claiming responsibility for the acts.
The light explosives detonated at the Swedish furniture chain's stores in the Belgian city of Ghent, near Lille in northern France and Eindhoven in the Netherlands, on Monday late afternoon without causing damage or injuries.
"We are looking at all possible leads. We don't know who is behind this, nor why," the spokeswoman for the Ghent prosecutor's office, An Schoonjans, told AFP, adding that the store had not received any prior warning.
The Ikea premises in Ghent was evacuated after two small explosions took place almost simultaneously inside the store before closing time. An employee and a security agent complained of ear aches.
The devices were triggered by old mechanical alarm clocks that were attached to the explosives. Similar clocks, which are not sold at Ikea, were used near Lille and Eindhoven, said a Ghent police spokesman... http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110531/bs_afp/belgiumfrancenetherlandsbombcompanyikea_20110531165221