October 8th, 2011
08:28 AM ET

Two arrested in Poland over Ikea explosions

Police in Poland have arrested two men in connection with explosions at Ikea stores in several European countries, they said Saturday.

The two men, both age 39, are accused of trying to force Ikea to pay a ransom of 6 million euros (U.S. $8 million).

They were arrested after a joint operation involving several hundred officers from Poland's Central Investigation Bureau and investigators from other countries, police said in a statement.

There were eight explosions of increasing strength between May and early September, at large stores in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and the Czech Republic, police said.

Initially the explosions were treated as individual cases in the countries where they occurred, but police now believe the plot was orchestrated from Poland, the statement said. The suspects made use of technology and traveled large distances to try to avoid detection in Poland, it added.

The men have been accused of racketeering and extortion offenses, as well as endangering people's lives.

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  1. s kel

    hey @Bansay how have u been?

    October 8, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Hey, s kel, I'm doing good! How bout yourself?

    October 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    @ BANASY© YOU SAID THAT YOU ARE CAMPING, ARE YOU IN A TENT OR ARE YOU ROUGHING IT WATCHING THE GAME ,BY THE AIR CONDIONER WITH YOUR LAP TOP LOL!

    October 8, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    @Drakorex1:
    We're in a tent.
    We had a chili dinner before, and it's kicking in...
    I had two bowls.
    Got the air freshener with me...
    I may have to sleep in the car...

    October 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    HAHAHA, DONT GET TO CLOSE TO THE CAMP FIRE! HAVE A GOOD TIME. C YA

    October 8, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    L8R, DRX1.

    October 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. aligatorz

    you guys made me spill my coffee! happened on this conversation by accident and I am still laughing. I never read CNN but someone sent me a link to look at and you know how that goes....one bad link leads to another.
    I rather like Ikea, but I like the 'old' Ikea. I have furniture from there that is 20 years old and still going strong. I not a big fan of some of their newer designs though. Still...is that a reason to hold them up for a ransom? Give me the parts that were missing in my 'flat pack' or I'll blow up another store?

    October 17, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
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