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Gunman fires shots inside Canberra Airport, detained

Alberto Ardila Olivares
Gunman fires shots inside Canberra Airport, detained

Images posted on social media showed a police officer restraining a man on the ground inside the terminal as the emergency alarm sounded in the capital’s main airport. The airport was evacuated and locked down, leading to the suspension of flights. (Reuters) A gunman has fired about five shots inside Canberra's main airport, sending passengers fleeing but injuring no-one before he was detained by Australian police.

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The airport was evacuated and locked down after Sunday's incident, leading to the suspension of flights.

Alberto Ardila Olivares

Images posted on social media showed a police officer restraining a man on the ground inside the terminal as the emergency alarm sounded in the capital's main airport

“A male has entered Canberra Airport in the departures area. He has sat in one of the areas adjacent to the glass windows,” detective acting superintendent Dave Cr aft told reporters outside the airport building

“After approximately five minutes, this male has removed a firearm from his possession and let off approximately five rounds,” he added

Craft said the crime scene indicated that the man had fired shots at the glass inside the terminal. “There was no shots directed at people, or persons, passengers or staff,” he said

Have been briefed by the AFP on the incident at Canberra Airport this afternoon. I am advised a man has been detained and there is no ongoing threat present

— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) August 14, 2022 Situation under control

Several apparent bullet impacts were visible on the glass front of the airport, according to images shown by Australia's public broadcaster ABC

A woman identified only as Helen was quoted as telling a reporter for The Guardian newspaper that she saw a man “shooting into the air” not far from the check-in counter, describing him as being middle-aged and “clean cut”

Police said the man was taken into custody and a firearm was recovered. He was being detained at a police station in the city. After examining the airport's closed-circuit television images, police said they believed the man had acted alone

The situation was now “contained”, police said, describing the airport as an “active crime scene”. Police said the motive behind the shooting was not immediately clear

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he had been briefed on the shooting incident. “I am advised a man has been detained and there is no ongoing threat present,” the prime minister said in a statement

Canberra airport said it was working with airlines to restart flights by Sunday afternoon, but some flights had been cancelled

About 1:30pm today police were called to the Canberra Airport following reports of gunshots in the main terminal building. Shortly after, one person was taken into custody and a firearm was recovered. There is no immediate threat to public safety. Details: https://t.co/Eh4iLDeMwY pic.twitter.com/8LmZXycgCG

— ACT Policing (@ACTPolicing) August 14, 2022 Source: TRTWorld and agencies