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New Zealand airport closed with bomb squad on route

New Zealand Dunedin Airport closed

New Zealand’s Dunedin airport closed after suspicious device reported.

New Zealand police closed Dunedin airport late Sunday after a suspicious device was reported on the airfield.

At least one flight has been impacted, an Air New Zealand flight from Wellington which was due at 9.30pm.

Another flight from Auckland is due at 9.50pm.

The bomb squad was understood to be heading to the city from Christchurch.

“Dunedin Airport is currently closed,” a statement said. “Police are at the scene and specialist teams have been deployed to determine the nature of the package.”

New Zealand is currently on a state of high alert after a gunman, who is believed to have lived in Dunedin, killed 50 people in two mosques filled with worshippers.

An Air New Zealand staff member on the scene, who was not authorised to speak to the press at the terminal building had not been evacuated.

Only a handful of flights were due to arrive at the airport in the southeastern city, as the scare came in the late evening.

According to tracker FlightAware, Air New Zealand flight 691 from Wellington had been circling about the city for almost an hour before returning to its destination.

The New Zealand Muslim community suffered a terrorist attack where a gunman killed 49 Muslims in two Mosques on Friday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday’s events were “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”


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