Terminal Evacuated Following Incident at Brisbane Airport

Terminal Evacuated Following Incident at Brisbane Airport

Terminal Evacuated Following Incident at Brisbane Airport

Queensland police said the incident began at around 9 pm (1100 GMT) on Saturday in the terminal's food court, when the man allegedly pulled out a knife after an argument with a woman, reportedly a family member.

Police evacuated the area and declared an exclusion zone after the discovery of a "suspicious device" - the bomb squad was called in to investigate, and all trains were halted and flights grounded.

"A man has been transported to a police station where he is to be interviewed".

Meanwhile a woman said when she asked what was going on, she was told by an officer the Surfers Paradise situation "was connected to what was going on in Brisbane" and allegedly told her to "connect the dots", according to the Courier Mail.

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

Police have taken the "unusual" step of showing the device carried by an alleged offender that in part shut down Brisbane International Airport on Sunday night.

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

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

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".

Police have released an image of the device used in a domestic violence-related incident that sparked a mass evacuation of Brisbane Airport's global terminal.

The man will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

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

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