An evacuation message posted on the website of the Arlanda Airport.
An evacuation message posted on the website of the Arlanda Airport.Arlanda Airport Website

Swedish police evacuated passengers from several parts of Stockholm's Arlanda international airport after a bomb threat on Tuesday.

Two of the three gates at a terminal were evacuated by 10.30am over fears of a bomb planted in a luggage hold of a plane.

"We received the threat at approximately 8:50 this morning and took immediate measures," Lars Bystrom from Stockholm police told The Local.

Following the bomb alert, rumours began to fly that there were bombs in at least two of the planes stationed at the Arlanda international airport. The police, however, confirmed that there was a suspected bomb threat in "one plane."

"My information is that it involves one plane. We have not yet spoken publicly about the nature of the threat. Officers are at the scene and the security operation is ongoing," Bystrom said.

A circular on the website of Arlanda international airport stated: "Due to suspicions concerning a luggage, two of the piers (Gates 1-10 and 11-24) in Terminal 5 have been evacuated. Travellers on site are referred to other parts of the terminal and are asked to listen to the loudspeaker announcements and also to follow the information given on information boards in the terminal. Air traffic is running but the event is expected to cause delays. Road and rail service to the airport is operating as usual."

All flights from Arlanda airport have been suspended and passengers have been asked to leave the terminal.

Reports claim that the first information on the bomb was relayed by a pilot, who gave out a warning message over a radio that there was a bomb threat against the plane circulating beside it. He said that the passengers had been told to get off and return to their gate.