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Britain's Gatwick airport terminal reopens after 'explosive' scare

 2015-11-14 17:53:21.0

Gatwick-airport-384x237London : The north terminal of south London' s Gatwick Airport was re-opened after an explosive scare, the airport authorities announced on Saturday. Following advice from the Police, we can now confirm that the north terminal has re-opened," the authorities said on its Twitter account. "We are working with our airlines to return north terminal to usual operations."

The north terminal was evacuated as a precautionary measure after a man had "discarded an item" at the airport and Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists were at the scene. Earlier, a 41-year-old man, who was reported to be French, was held after he was allegedly seen putting an item in a bin. Police said a suspected firearm was found.

Following which, the airport�s North Terminal was evacuated �for the protection of the public�. Hundreds of people were photographed standing outside the airport in the rain after being told to leave the airport at around 10 a.m. A spokesperson for Sussex Police told The Independent that she could not confirm the reports of a security alert but said: �The terminal is being evacuated at the moment. It is for the protection at the public.�

She said the evacuation was a precautionary measure sparked by the discovery of a "suspicious article". The evacuation comes amid heightened security in Britain following a wave of terror attacks in Paris on Friday night that killed 127 people.(IANS)

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