Bombers Tried to Extort Money From Ikea: Cops

Two men in Poland charged with series of explosions
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2011 12:28 PM CDT
An Ikea store in France.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Bizarrre extortion case: Two men in Poland are charged with setting off bombs at eight Ikea stores throughout Europe over the last several months. Police say the pair demanded that the furniture chain pay $8 million for the bombings to stop, reports CNN. Only a few minor injuries were reported in the explosions. The suspects are both 39 and their full names have not been released, but one is described as a former manager at several big corporations who is fluent in four languages.

"The perpetrators prepared for this very carefully," says a police commander, according to AP. "They set up a bank account, demanded a transfer over the Internet, but fortunately the ransom was never paid."

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