Manchester Airport evacuated over suspicious package / Pics

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The bomb squad has carried out a controlled explosion at Manchester Airport after a "suspicious bag" was discovered.

Manchester Airport said there is a “potential issue with a bag” in Terminal Three as the bomb sqaud scrambled to the scene.

A spokesman for the airport said: “Due to a potential issue with a bag in Terminal Three, a precautionary evacuation is taking place while further investigations take place.”

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "Police were called at 8.50am on Wednesday 5 July 2017 to reports of a suspicious package at Manchester Airport.

“Officers are responding and a precautionary evacuation of terminal three has taken place.

“Bomb disposal officers attended and a series of controlled explosions were carried out of the package.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

Pictures have emerged of passengers left stranded on the tarmac.

The airport has said Terminals 1 and 2 are unaffected.

It has since released an updated statement to passengers, which reads: "Following the incident this morning, only Terminal 3 is affected.

"Passengers using Terminals 1 and 2 should travel as normal.

"Passengers departing from Terminal 3 should go to Terminal 1 for more information.

"Passengers ariving into Terminal 3 will be brough in through Terminal One at present."

It comes after holidaymakers faced chaos yesterday when the airport's Terminal 1 was evcacuated due to a major leak.

Manchester Airport is the third biggest airport in the country and sees 22 million passengers pass through its doors each year.

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