Terror threat: Bomb alert at Sweden's second-largest airport, 'suspicious' plastic bags found
A bomb threat has been reported at Sweden's Landvetter airport. A police operation is underway and the domestic hall has been evacuated following the discovery of two suspicious bags.
*SWEDEN POLICE GOT REPORT OF EXPLOSION AT LANDVETTER AIRPORT: GP— Nour E. Al-Hammoury (@NourHammoury) March 31, 2016
The airport, located outside Gothenburg, received a bomb threat on Thursday morning. As a result, police were placed in high visibility areas, police spokesperson Peter Adlersson told Expressen.
A couple of "suspicious" plastic bags were later found in the domestic hall. The hall was subsequently cordoned off, Adlersson said.
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"We are in place for a possible bomb threat. Police have asked for our help and we are in place for this reason," said Matilda Gustafsson, chief of staff at the emergency services in Greater Gothenburg, as quoted by Aftonbladet.
Swedavia, the company which operates Landvetter airport, has also confirmed that there is a threat against the airport.
ALERT https://t.co/1jjhY4y8Qk Domestic flights area at Landvetter Airport in Sweden evacuated due to suspicious package - SVT— AIRLIVE (@airlivenet) March 31, 2016
"We have found a suspicious object at Landvetter and received a direct threat to our airport...right now it's a police operation and all other information is through the police," said Swedavia press officer Charlotte Periasamy.
Earlier reports on social media stated that an explosion had occurred at the airport.
However, according to Forex Live, it seems the reported blast was a controlled explosion of the two suspicious bags, conducted by authorities.
It comes less than two weeks after deadly explosions rocked the Belgian capital, targeting Brussels Airport and Maalbeek metro station. Thirty-two people were killed and more than 300 injured.