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Man points gas pistol at Frankfurt Airport police

The Local · 26 May 2011, 12:30

Published: 26 May 2011 09:03 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 May 2011 12:30 GMT+02:00

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Somehow the man sneaked into the passport control area of Terminal 1C around 3 pm on Wednesday, pulled out his gun and threatened four officers, police said.

The officers managed to overpower than man and he was arrested. A gas pistol is a non-lethal weapon that fires a gas cartridge, producing a blast that can cause injury at a range of up to four metres but does not shoot an actual projectile. Officials did not release his name, but said the man is mentally ill and is 29-years-old.

Authorities were unable to immediately explain how the man got into the passport control area.

A police spokesman would not confirm reports that the suspect had a combat knife in his pocket. It has been confirmed, however, that he had a machete in his car.

He is now under investigation for possible violations of weapons, drugs and aviation security regulations.

The scare is the latest blatant security failure at Frankfurt Airport.

Last weekend, officials confirmed that 10,000 workers had not undergone necessary routine security checks.

And in March this year, an Islamist terrorist killed two US airmen outside the airport as they boarded a bus used to transport troops American military facilities.

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09:48 May 26, 2011 by thomass66
Nice, just a matter of time until something really bad happens (not to degrade the tragedy of the airman issue, but looking at a much higher toll of injured and or killed next time). Time to relook at, and hard, the security of this major European hub - just an observation - that is all; this before it happens. Not doing the basic security background checks of employees, really? Just asking for trouble.
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