Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Surfers Paradise incident believed to be linked to Brisbane Airport arrest

Surfers Paradise incident believed to be linked to Brisbane Airport arrest

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

Nearby trains have also been stopped, according to police.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart praised the courage of officers and partner agencies who dealt with a "highly volatile" situation that safely ended with the 50-year-old man's arrest.

AN image of the fake bomb that was seized by police last night following a terrifying lockdown at Brisbane International Airport has been released.

Terrorism was later ruled out as the cause and the man was charged with domestic violence offences, falsely claiming to destroy or damage an aviation facility, and making a hoax bomb threat.

Following a swift and extensive security response, the man was taken into custody by police who used non-lethal weapons to subdue him.

Around 9pm, police were called to the worldwide terminal following reports of a man in the food court, armed with a knife who was threatening a woman who is known to him.

Brisbane Airport was reopened shortly after midnight, however passengers have been warned that delays are expected to continue well into Sunday.

Assistant Police Commissioner Peter Crawford said the man's statements led police to search a number of premises and vehicles for improvised explosive devices.

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

An internal Queensland police "debrief" will occur in the wake of the incident as well as a debrief with the airport and other partner agencies to determine what, if anything, could be done better in future.

"There is no evidence to suggest the incident at the worldwide airport is terrorism related; it is a domestic violence related situation", police tweeted.

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