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Bomb making elements in suspicious package found in Montreal airport: police

By The Canadian Press   

News Transportation Montreal police

A suspicious package found at a Montreal airport terminal contained everything needed to make a bomb except the actual explosives, police said Monday.

What was found on Sunday was not dangerous by itself, but police took no chances.

“For us, it is something major because everything was there to make us believe … a bomb, an explosive device,” police spokesman Ian Lafreniere told The Canadian Press.

“The explosive was not found, but even then everything was there to make us believe … this.”

Police aren’t releasing specifics on the bomb-making elements that were found.


A 71-year-old man who had a ticket to fly out of Montreal was detained Sunday and was being questioned by police Monday morning. No charges have been laid and police did not release further details about the man.

“We’re still questioning the suspect and we’ll see what is the result of that,” said Lafreniere.

Police also searched an apartment in the residential area of LaSalle and seized some documents but have found “nothing obvious” so far.

Roughly 20 residents were ordered from their homes during the search on Sunday as a section of the neighbourhood was blocked off by authorities.

The suspicious package was spotted at a security checkpoint in the U.S. departures area of Trudeau airport early Sunday morning.

Lafreniere said operations at the airport were running normally on Monday.

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