Brisbane Airport Evacuated Over Bomb Scare

Arturo Kim
February 4, 2019

The man who allegedly made bomb threats at Brisbane's global airport while wielding a knife is expected to face court.

According to officials of Queensland state police, they evacuated the terminal late Saturday after finding a "suspicious device" when they responded to reports of the 50-year-old man, who spoke Arabic, threatening a woman.

Commissioner Ian Stewart told reporters yesterday the accused man had gone to "extraordinary lengths" to create a perception of "risk, threat and fear".

The man has been charged with one count each of contravene a domestic violence order, stalking with a weapon, stealing and serious assault police.

Police said they negotiated with an Australian man of Middle Eastern origin before firing beanbag rounds.

AN image of the fake bomb that was seized by police last night following a terrifying lockdown at Brisbane International Airport has been released. The man allegedly pulled out a knife after an argument with a woman, reportedly a family member.

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"He's been examined by [paramedics], he has no significant injuries", Superintendent Tony Fleming said.

"It will take some time to get operations back to normal". Queensland police assistant commissioner Peter Crawford said the man had suffered a "health issue" during the charging process.

"I will say that the police officers who were dealing with that in close proximity showed a great deal of bravery, and the outcome of no loss of life here is a good outcome", he said.

Eyewitnesses on the Gold Coast shared photos on social media of tanks from the Explosive Ordinance Response Team, or bomb squad, arriving at the Bruce Bishop auto park, where it's understood the man detained at Brisbane Airport has his vehicle parked.

Queensland police said the incident began at about 9pm on Saturday in the terminal's food court.

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