Man held after security scare at Bahrain airport
Manama, July 26, 2011
A European passenger of Asian origin was last night arrested on suspicion of carrying explosives while transiting at Bahrain International Airport, the Interior Ministry said.
He was on his way to London from Abu Dhabi.
A state of emergency was declared while police officers surrounded the Gulf Air plane and the suspect was arrested, searched and his belongings were seized.
'Security forces stopped a British man of Asian descent on suspicion that he was carrying explosives on a plane coming to Bahrain in transit and headed to Britain,' the interior ministry said on Twitter.
'After ensuring the safety of all the passengers and inspecting them and the airplane, no explosives were found aboard the plane and investigations of the suspect are continuing,' the ministry said. No further details were immediately available.
Pan-Arab news channel Al Arabiya said the man was taken off the plane in a hysterical or drunken state.
Security sources said the situation at the airport was under control and flight movement was normal.