Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Police Arrest Man Who Put Fake Bomb in Australian Airport

Police Arrest Man Who Put Fake Bomb in Australian Airport

He walked into the airport's worldwide terminal on Saturday evening holding a metal box with exposed wiring and claimed to have a bomb, The Courier-Mail reports citing sources.

Police released the image today, Commissioner Ian Stewart said, to "show you what our officers faced and to reinforce that was don't shut down an global airport lightly".

The incident ended when police shot the man with a non-lethal beanbag rounds, after which he surrendered to officers.

Brisbane Airport's global terminal was shut down when he allegedly threatened a woman with a knife.

Earlier, unconfirmed reports claimed a man was threatening travelers with a knife and claiming to have a bomb.

In this image made from a video taken on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, travelers stay outside Brisbane International Airport after their evacuation from the airport in Brisbane, Australia.

The man had gone to extraordinary lengths "to create a perception of risk, threat and fear", Stewart said.

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Travellers in Brisbane Airport's global terminal fled in terror as a man threatened a woman with a knife and claimed to have a bomb, but police have ruled out terrorism.

"It will take some time to get operations back to normal", an airport representative said in a statement.

"The words and behaviours of the alleged offender gave police cause to need to check a number of locations on the Gold Coast for improvised explosive devices".

He is due to appear before the Brisbane Magistrate's Court on Monday.

"There is no evidence to suggest the incident at the International Airport is terrorism related, it is a domestic violence related situation", police said in a statement.

Assistant Commissioner Peter Crawford said the incident was "terrifying" for all involved and said the man's alleged threats seemed very real.

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