Brisbane International Airport evacuated over bomb scare
“Emergency situation” triggered evacuation of Brisbane International Airport earlier today, after Queensland Police arrested a man who claimed to have an explosive device on him.
The man was threatening people with a knife and claiming to have a bomb, eyewitnesses said. Several witness reports online also claim a man was seen brandishing a knife and making bomb threats.
At around 9pm local time Saturday, Queensland Police announced the airport’s evacuation and closure due to “an emergency situation.” Train services have also been suspended.
Police later sent an update saying that one man was taken into custody without any “reported injuries to any members of the public or police.” Searches of the airport are ongoing.
Officers also said there is no evidence to suggest the incident is terrorism related, and is instead understood to be a domestic violence incident.
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Police warned members of the public to avoid the airport, which they say has been “contained” by specialist officers.
Brisbane Airport took to Twitter to tell travelers that the federal police are “managing the security matter” and they hope to resume “normal operations as soon as possible.”