Wednesday 18 October 2017

Frankfurt Airport attack: Tear gas incident leaves several people with breathing problems

Police investigating where gas came from as victims treated for inhalation

Aircraft of German carrier Lufthansa stand on the tarmac at the Frankfurt am Main airport, Germany
Aircraft of German carrier Lufthansa stand on the tarmac at the Frankfurt am Main airport, Germany

Lizzie Dearden

Several people have been injured by a suspected tear gas attack at Frankfurt Airport in Germany.

Witnesses said the check-in area at Terminal 1 was affected on Monday morning.

Police said six people were being treated for breathing problems after the incident at the country's busiest airport.

"The cause is unclear, investigations continue," a spokesperson added.

Frankfurt Airport operators said the fire brigade's operations had ended and found no "harmful substance" in the departures hall.

Check-in has reopened and flights are operating as normal.

The incident came less than 48 hours after a bomb scare sparked a partial evacuation at Frankfurt Airport.

A man who was believed to be suffering from mental illness told police he was carrying explosives in his luggage but none were found.

A taxi driver had alerted officers to the 37-year-old's strange behaviour and they met him as he arrived at Terminal 1 on Saturday evening.

Local reports said the man was already known to police and has been taken to a psychological ward.

A previous alert was sparked on 31 August after a passenger entered a secure area before completing security checks.

Germany remains on high alert following an Isis-linked terror attack that killed 12 people in December and atrocities across Europe.

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