Canberra airport shooter arrested

Several bullet holes were visible in the glass facade of the airport on Sunday. The main terminal of the airport was evacuated.

A man fired five shots at Canberra airport on Sunday, causing panic among passengers but causing no casualties, according to Australian police who arrested him. Several flights were grounded as police evacuated and closed the main airport in the Australian capital.

«A man entered Canberra Airport in the departures area. He sat in one of the areas next to the glass windowsCommissioner Dave Kraft told reporters outside the airport building. “After about five minutes, the man took the gun out of his hand and fired five times».

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese informed about the incident. “I have been informed that one person has been arrested and that there are no pending threats“, he said in a press release.

From outside, multiple bullet holes were visible in the airport’s glass facade, according to images broadcast by Australian public broadcaster ABC. Footage circulating on social media showed a police officer holding a man immobile on the ground inside the terminal as alarms went off at the capital’s main airport.

«The police were informed after hearing gunshots“, Australian capital police said. “A short time later, a man was arrested and a gun was confiscated“, he added, adding that the man appears to have acted alone. Police said the situation is now under control. The motive of the alleged attacker is currently unclear.

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Canberra Airport said it was working with airlines to resume flights on Sunday afternoon. Some flights have been cancelled.

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