Suspected explosive device found, man arrested in New Zealand's Christchurch

Police cordoned off streets in the Phillipstown area of the city

Reuters April 30, 2019
Armed police officers patrol gravesites for victims in Christchurch on March 18, 2019, three days after a shooting incident killed at least fifty people in mosques in the city. PHOTO: AFP

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand police said on Tuesday a man was arrested and bomb disposal officers found a package with a suspected explosive device at a vacant property in Christchurch, where 50 people were killed in attacks by a lone gunman on two mosques in March.

Police cordoned off streets in the Phillipstown area of the city on New Zealand’s South Island, with a bomb disposal team, ambulance and fire and emergency crews sent to the scene.

“Police have located a package containing a suspected explosive device and ammunition at a vacant address ... in Christchurch,” district police commander Superintendent John Price said in a statement.

New Zealand police arrest man in Christchurch after reports of bomb threat

An explosives disposal unit rendered the package safe and a 33-year-old Christchurch man was arrested, the statement said. The police cordon was later lifted.

The New Zealand Herald said police were called due to “threats about an explosive device”.



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