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'Suspicious package' shutters New Zealand's Dunedin airport

AFP  |  Christchurch 

police closed airport late Sunday after a was reported on the airfield.

"Airport is currently closed" a statement said. "Police are at the scene and specialist teams have been deployed to determine the nature of the package."

is currently on a state of high alert after a gunman, who is believed to have lived in Dunedin, killed 50 people in two mosques filled with worshippers.

An Air staff member on the scene, who was not authorised to speak to the press, told AFP the terminal building had not been evacuated.

Only a handful of flights were due to arrive to the airport in the southeastern city, as the scare came in the late evening.

According to tracker Flightaware, flight 691 from had been circling about the city for almost an hour before returning to its destination.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 15:50 IST