New Zealand’s police force have foiled a potential Terror bomb attack in Christchurch. The suspect has been detained after a package containing an explosive device and ammunition was found by police officers.
Police apprehended the suspect in Christchurch on Tuesday following reports of a possible bomb threat in the city, where 50 people were killed in attacks by a far-right radical terrorist who attacked 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 all deployed to the scene.
“A 33-year-old man has been arrested and is currently speaking to police in regards to the incident,” the statement said.
No further details were available about the nature of the incident have been made but a no-fly zone was also established.
The New Zealand Herald said police were called due to “threats about an explosive device.”
A spokesman for the St. John Ambulance service said an ambulance was on standby at the request of police but had not treated any patients.
Fifty people were killed and dozens wounded in attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch on March 15, the worst shooting in New Zealand history.
Authorities have charged Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-confessed white supremacist, with 50 counts of murder.
The mosque attacks shook New Zealand to its core and prompted the government to quickly tighten gun laws.
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