Knife-wielding incident sparks evacuation, arrest at Brisbane airport


Brisbane's International Airport has been evacuated and trains to the terminal suspended after police declared an emergency situation over what witnesses have described as a man claiming to be carrying a bomb.

It had been reported that the man was brandishing a knife in the food court - in the pre-security section of the terminal - and had walked into the departures area with a silver box showing exposed wiring, which he claimed to be a bomb, according to 9news.

"When police were involved we became aware of a device and it's certainly then the officers' suspicion was elevated significantly that that could have been an explosive".

"There is no evidence to suggest the incident at the worldwide airport is terrorism-related; it is a domestic violence-related situation, " police told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Police swarmed the area around 8:30pm and began evacuating patrons from neighbouring establishments, including The Island Bar.

Queensland Police say the incident was not terror-related.

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

Police are now conducting clearance searches of the global terminal in Brisbane.

Police bomb squad vehicle arriving in Surfers Paradise
Police bomb squad vehicle arriving in Surfers Paradise

Police said the incident, which eyewitnesses said was in the upstairs food court area, had been contained but warned people to avoid the global terminal.

"Specialist police have taken a man into custody", a police spokesperson said.

Police said the man at the centre of the emergency situation at Brisbane Airport is believed to live on the Gold Coast.

Both Brisbane airport and Surfer Paradise have been cleared.

No members of the public were injured during the stand off.

In a statement at 10:49 PM, the Queensland Police Service said an emergency situation had been declared at the Bruce Bishop Carpark under the Public Safety Preservation Act.

There is no further information at this time.

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