Man arrested after being suspected of trying to carry explosives onto a plane in Sweden

A man has reportedly been arrested after trying to carry explosives onto a plane in Sweden.

The German national, said to be in his 20s, was pictured being led away by police at Landvetter airport in Switzerland (pictured above after a separate incident earlier this year) after apparently setting off airport scanners while trying to get on a flight on Thursday.

According to some reports, police and bomb squads found several packets of the explosive TATP – nicknamed ‘Mother of Satan’ and often used by terrorists – in the man’s luggage and he was arrested on suspicion of attempted devastation endangering the public, which he denied.

Evacuation – Landvetter airport was also evacuated earlier this year after “traces of explosives” were found in a bag (Pictures: AP)

The Local reported that the man was trying to fly to another EU country but was arrested going through security checks for domestic flights.

The incident left part of Landvetter airport in Gothenburg closed while bomb squads investigated.


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TATP was used in attacks in Paris in November 2015 and Brussels in March 2016, as well as the Manchester bombing earlier this year.

It was later reported that the man had been released from custody and was no longer suspected of any crimes.