Montreal police respond to false bomb threat at Nunavik airline HQ

Man arrested on July 5 at Air Inuit’s Montreal office

A man was arrested at Air Inuit’s Montreal office on Friday, July 5, after it’s alleged he claimed to have explosives on him. Police confirmed that no explosives were found at the scene. (File photo)

By Sarah Rogers

Montreal police and airport authorities had to evacuate an area around the Air Inuit office and hangar last Friday evening after a false bomb threat.

Montreal police received a call on July 5 at 7:30 p.m. from witnesses who saw a man claiming to have explosives on him at the Nunavik airline’s Montreal office on Côte-Vertu Boulevard West.

Police arrested a 49-year-old man at the airline’s office, confirming he had no explosives on his body.

But the incident prompted a wider investigation, in which authorities set up a security perimeter around the area where the suspect said his car was parked.

Police evacuated the airline’s hangar and closed a section of Côte-Vertu Boulevard until early Saturday morning.

The man is expected to appear in court on Monday, July 8.

Last summer, Air Inuit had to temporarily ground flights along the Hudson coast when someone called in a false bomb threat from a detention centre.

The airline declined to comment on the latest incident.

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