Sweden Airport Receives Bomb Threat, Suspicious Packages Found; Authorities Evacuate Passengers

| March 31 , 2016 , 21:16 IST
landvetter airportA major airport in Sweden has been evacuated by authorities following reports of a controlled explosion and two suspicious packages being found. A police spokesman told Reuters that a bomb threat had been made to Landvetter airport near the western city of Gothenburg. 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. Swedavia, the company which operates Landvetter airport, has also confirmed that there is a threat against the airport. 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. Landvetter airport is Sweden’s second-largest airport, handling just over 6 million passengers a year. (With agencies input)