Australia police say man in custody after airport evacuation

Brisbane airport evacuated due to ‘bomb threat’

"We've taken the unusual step of showing the device that the alleged offender had on him at Brisbane Airport last night".

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.

There were no injuries reported, and police said the emergency was not related to terrorism.

According to officials of Queensland state police, they evacuated the terminal late Saturday after finding a "suspicious device" when they responded to reports of the 50-year-old man, who spoke Arabic, threatening a woman.

Police published a photograph of the fake bomb yesterday, with Queensland police commissioner Ian Stewart telling reporters it was an illustration of the "extraordinary lengths" the man had gone to "to create a perception of risk, threat and fear".

Police remove evidence from Brisbane International Airport.

The incident caused major disruption at Australia's third largest airport, which was shut for more than two hours.

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.

Police opened fire with bean bag rounds after the man claimed to have a bomb, Police Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming said. But Crawford said the man suffered a "health issue" on Sunday and was taken to a hospital where he was charged with offenses including contravening a restraining order and stalking with a weapon.

Police will wait until he recovers before determining with the court when he will first appear.

Assistant Commissioner Peter Crawford said the incident was "terrifying" for all involved and said the man's alleged threats seemed very real.

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