Police Say Suspected Bomb in Swedish Airport Robbery Was Fake

Masked gunmen left the suspicious package on the tarmac at Goteborg's Landvetter airport Tuesday after they stole bags of foreign currency being unloaded from a Scandinavian Airlines plane.


A suspected bomb that forced the evacuation of Sweden's second biggest airport in connection with a brazen robbery turned out to be a fake, police said Thursday.

Masked gunmen left the suspicious package on the tarmac at Goteborg's Landvetter airport Tuesday after they stole bags of foreign currency being unloaded from a Scandinavian Airlines plane that had arrived from London.

"It was a fake," Goteborg police spokesman Mats Glansberg said. He declined to describe the package, but said it did not contain any explosives.

Police suspect the robbers placed the package on the tarmac to create confusion and delay attempts to pursue them as they sped off in two cars.

A 37-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in a suburb of Goteborg, and was likely to be arraigned Friday on suspicion of involvement in the robbery, Glansberg said. Another man, 39, was also arrested by police investigating the case but Glansberg said the man could not immediately be linked to the airport robbery.

Stunned passengers witnessed the robbery unfolding outside the plane's cargo hold as they prepared to disembark.

Police evacuated parts of the airport as they investigated the suspicious package. The two getaway cars were found burned a few kilometers (miles) from the airport.

Police have said the robbers got away with "a large sum" of money, but will not reveal how much. At least four people were involved in the heist, according to investigators.


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