Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Knife-wielding incident sparks evacuation, arrest at Brisbane airport

Knife-wielding incident sparks evacuation, arrest at Brisbane airport

A man who falsely claimed to have a bomb and menaced a woman with a knife forced the evacuation of Brisbane International Airport for more than two hours in an emergency that police described on Sunday as elaborate and terrifying.

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.

The device was found to be "inert", but Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said its complex appearance "indicates just the extraordinary lengths that a person has gone to create a perception of risk, threat and fear".

The man, from Surfers Paradise, was charged with "one count each of contravene a domestic violence order, stalking with a weapon, stealing and serious assault police", the statement said.

There were no injuries reported, and police said the emergency was not related to terrorism.

The incident ended when police shot the man with non-lethal beanbag rounds, after which he surrendered to the officers. There are reports of a man being armed with knives, and authorities have declared a bomb threat, according to 9news.

"We understand there has been considerable disruption to Brisbane International Airport tonight, we considered it important to evacuate the airport and make sure we could render everything safe", Fleming explained.

Assistant Commissioner Peter Crawford said the tactical decision made at the time was suitable to contain the alleged offender.

The man will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

"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".

Canberra introduced sweeping new security laws previous year that included allowing Australian police to conduct random identity checks at airports.

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