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Brisbane Airport evacuated by police over bomb scare

Police have evacuated Australia’s Brisbane Airport amid reports that a man threatened security with “knives and a bomb.”  

A spokesman for the airport said: “the Australian Federal Police is managing the security matter and we hope to get back to normal operations as soon as possible.”

Witness Zoe Bickerstaff said: “he was an older man sitting with a group. I was just across, he got up and had a small knife chasing two younger girls with hijabs. They screamed, everyone screaming and the whole place screamed and we ran out. He was old and lumbering.”  

A Queensland Police spokesman added: “Police have made a declaration under the Public Safety and Preservation Act tonight at Brisbane Airport due an emergency situation. The International Airport has been evacuated and trains have currently been stopped. The Australian Federal Police are in attendance in conjunction with Queensland Police.”

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