‘Suspicious package’ shutters New Zealand’s Dunedin airport

New Zealand police closed Dunedin airport late Sunday after a suspicious device was reported on the airfield. Armed police have been keeping a tight security on public facilities including Christchurch airport, above. (AFP)
Updated 17 March 2019
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‘Suspicious package’ shutters New Zealand’s Dunedin airport

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

“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 authorized to speak to the press, said the terminal building had not been evacuated.

Only a handful of flights were due to arrive to 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.


Hungary detains Syrian Daesh member accused of killings: prosecutors

Updated 22 March 2019
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Hungary detains Syrian Daesh member accused of killings: prosecutors

  • Eurojust, the European agency that oversees judicial co-operation in crime investigations, working with Belgian and Hungarian authorities, found evidence later that he was a member of Daesh
  • Prior to being detained, the man was already awaiting deportation to Greece

BUDAPEST: Hungarian authorities have detained a Syrian man on Friday accused of taking part in beheadings in Syria as a member of Daesh, Budapest prosecutors said in a statement.
The man, not identified in the statement, is suspected of executing about 20 people in 2016, all family members of a person in Homs city who refused to join Daesh, the prosecutors said.
The statement said the man, prior to being detained, was already awaiting deportation to Greece.
He had been caught with forged documents in Budapest's main airport on Dec. 30 last year, given a suspended prison sentence for human trafficking and other crimes, and ordered expelled from Hungary.
Eurojust, the European agency that oversees judicial co-operation in crime investigations, working with Belgian and Hungarian authorities, found evidence later that he was a member of Daesh, the prosecutors said.