Knife-wielding incident sparks evacuation, arrest at Brisbane airport

Knife-wielding incident sparks evacuation, arrest at Brisbane airport

Knife-wielding incident sparks evacuation, arrest at Brisbane airport

It triggered a major response from the Australian Federal Police and local police.

Police interviewed the man last night but suffered a health issue midway through.

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.

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 incident began just before 9pm on Sunday night in the terminal's food court when the man allegedly pulled out a knife and placed a metal object on a table following an argument with a woman.

Police have said the incident was a domestic violence related situation and that there was no evidence to suggest the incident was terrorism related.


A 50-year-old Surfers Paradise man has been charged with one count each of contravene a domestic violence order, stalking with a weapon, stealing and serious assault police.

"This is to reinforce the message that police do not take a decision to shut an worldwide airport down lightly and to show exactly what our officers were confronted with when they arrived".

Nearby trains have also been stopped, according to police.

"It will take some time to get operations back to normal", an airport representative said in a statement.

He has not been publicly named and will appear in a Brisbane court on Monday. There were reports police fired shots before apprehending the man but the force has not confirmed this.

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

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