Bombs Planted in Ikea Stores

Dec 04, 2002
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Ten Ikea stores in the Netherlands were closed today due to a bomb scare.

Reuters reports that two bombs were found in Ikea stores in Amsterdam and Sliedrecht. Another suspicious package, destroyed in a controlled explosion, was discovered in a third store.

Authorities were quick to downplay a possible link to al-Qaida or other terrorist organization. Marianne Bloos a spokesperson for the Dutch Ministry said, “There are no indications of that. We want to emphatically reject that idea.”

Moderator’s Comment: Does the increase in worldwide
terrorist activity and other forms of armed violence in retail locations require
stores to change their approach to store security?

It may be time to start giving more attention to what
shoppers and associates bring in the store, instead of focusing on what they
are carrying on the way out. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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