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Airport of New Zealand’s Christchurch reopens after evacuation over ‘suspicious item’

Christchurch, New Zealand

The airport of New Zealand’s city of Christchurch was evacuated on Thursday over a “suspicious item” but later reopened, the airport’s Twitter said.

“Level 1 of the terminal was evacuated soon after 0800 [20:00 Wednesday GMT] after a suspicious item was found at the screening point. Police are in charge of the inquiry and say no threats have been made,” the airport said.

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Some 30 minutes later, the airport said that the terminal had been reopened.

“Several flights have been affected and several hundred passengers impacted. The terminal has re-opened and people are re-entering,” the airport added.

It is unknown which particular item has been found at the airport.

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