Police Concludes Airport Search after Bomb Parts Discovered in Luggage

Montreal Police have finally given the green signal to LaSalle residents, while the operations at Trudeau airport also returned back to normal, after a day-long investigation prompted by a suspicious item discovered in a passenger’s carry-on baggage. The incident took place at 5:40 a.m. on Sunday, when screening officers observed a passenger to have been carrying a suspicious item in his bag.

Mathieu Larocque of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) explained that the inspection agents called in Montreal police, who took control of the situation and launched an elaborative investigation. It was confirmed by police later that the carry-on baggage contained components of an explosive device, though they were themselves not any actual explosive materials. The man was taken in police custody and is anticipated to appear in court to face charges of jeopardizing the safety of an aircraft.

According to Montreal police Commander, Ian Lafreniere, “it was hidden. It was not put in the bag like a normal thing. It was hidden on purpose.” He explained that even though it was not a bomb in itself, but it could have been easily used as a component in an explosive device, which led the investigators to launch an elaborative search of the airport on Sunday morning. Lafreniere elucidated that “when you look at the suitcase there was some stuff in it that was not normal but no explosive devices. So that’s why we’ve been asking, wondering ourselves would there be something else in someone else’s [baggage] so that’s why we searched everyone, that’s why it took a while [Sunday] morning.”

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