Police have created a 100m exclusion zone around a suspected improvised explosive.
Police have created a 100m exclusion zone around a suspected improvised explosive. Hayden Johnson

UPDATE: 'Two more devices' found after police raid property

UPDATE 9PM: Two additional devices have allegedly been found at the home of a man charged after Monday's bomb scare outside Redbank Plaza.

Queensland Police officers executed a search warrant at a Camira property this afternoon where two further devices were located, rendered safe and dismantled by specialist police.

Police will allege property including a firearm, dangerous drugs and utensils were also located.

A 37-year-old Camira man has been charged with two counts each of manufacture explosives, possess explosives; one count each of possess dangerous drugs above schedule, possess Category H weapon, possess utensil and fail to dispose.

He is expected to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court tomorrow on the additional charges.

Police investigations are continuing.

UPDATE 3.45PM: Police have charged two people after an explosive device was located in a vehicle at Redbank Plaza this morning.

An emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act was declared at 9.15am with an exclusion zone in place.

The PSPA was revoked at 11.35am after the device was dismantled.

A 37-year-old Camira man is due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with two counts of manufacture explosive without authority, and one count each of possessing dangerous goods, possessing tainted property, stealing, receiving tainted property, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving an uninsured vehicle and offences involving registration certificates.

A 31-year-old Capalaba woman is due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with possessing dangerous goods, possessing tainted property, fraud, forgery, uttering, stealing and receiving tainted property.

 

UPDATE 12.40PM: THE car carrying a portable bomb "capable of causing serious injury" to people has been removed from Redbank Plaza.

Queensland Police are now attempting to piece together the motives of a man and a woman arrested after police found an explosive device, allegedly in their vehicle.

Senior Sergeant Gareth James confirmed police found a "fairly large glass jar" containing an explosive liquid and other components.

He did not reveal the extent of damage it could cause but said a 100m exclusion zone was recommended by bomb squad officers.

"I would suggest you would not want to be in close proximity to it," he said.

A Nissan Pulsar was located in the Redbank Plaza carpark with an explosive device allegedly inside.
A Nissan Pulsar was located in the Redbank Plaza carpark with an explosive device allegedly inside. Ross Irby

The vehicle was allegedly obtained through a "fraudulent transaction" several days ago - meaning the car was stolen or obtained via fraud.

When the number plates did not match the vehicle and the couple acted suspiciously this morning, a "red flag" was raised by Safe City network operators. 

Senior Sgt James said Criminal Investigation Branch officers were now working to determine the intended use of the portable device.

"I don't know what gain they could have from exploding it in a carpark," he said. 

"The shopping centre itself wasn't actually open at the time so we believe they were just parked here, the reason being, we do not know."  Charges are expected to be laid against the pair today.

 

Queensland Police Senior Sergeant Gareth James speaks to the media after police located a Nissan Pulsar in the Redbank Plains carpark with an explosive device contained inside a cardboard box.
Queensland Police Senior Sergeant Gareth James speaks to the media after police located a Nissan Pulsar in the Redbank Plains carpark with an explosive device contained inside a cardboard box. Ross Irby

 

 

UPDATE 11.40AM: QUEENSLAND Police have dismantled an explosive device 'designed to do harm' outside Redbank Plaza. 

The contents of the device have not been revealed or its intended use - but police say it was capable of causing serious harm. 

Officers wearing heavy body protection clothing have searched the car and packed away their gear.

Such was the seriousness of the device, officers have informed Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart of the situation.

UPDATE 11AM: AT LEAST one of the people allegedly sitting inside a car containing a suspicious device is known to police. 

The suspicious device was contained in a cardboard box in the passenger footwell.

Queensland Police Senior Sergeant Gareth James said Safe City cameras noticed the car's position and suspicious activity by its two occupants. 

A man and woman, one who is known to police, sitting in the silver Nissan hatch were arrested and taken to the Ipswich watchhouse. 

Senior Sergeant James said their motives "at this stage were totally unknown and subsequent to further investigations". 

A 100m exclusion zone remains in place while the contents of the box are being investigated. 

"The bomb squad are examining it, there is a possibility the device could actually be blown by the bomb squad," Senior Sgt James said. 

Redbank Plaza remains open and shoppers are going about their day - only glancing at the police situation unfolding.

UPDATE 10AM: THE bomb squad has arrived at Redbank Plaza after a suspicious device was located in a car. 

An exclusion zone of 100m is in place at the Cineplex end of the centre as the bomb squad prepares to approach the car. 

Police say Safe City cameras identified a man and woman acting suspiciously early on Monday. 

A Goodna police unit arrived and found a suspicious device in cardboard box. 

 

Police have created a 100m exclusion zone around a suspected improvised explosive.
Police have created a 100m exclusion zone around a suspected improvised explosive. Hayden Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The silver Nissan is parked with its doors and bonnet open in an isolated spot of the car park.

The bomb squad will soon approach the vehicle and determine the type of device inside the box.

EARLIER: Police have created a 100m exclusion zone around an Ipswich shopping centre following the discovery of a suspected improvised explosive early this morning.

The QT understands that about 7am this morning, witnesses reported seeing two people acting suspiciously in the southern car park of the Redbank Plaza shopping centre.

Initial reports suggested the men were seen stripping wires and they appeared nervous.

Police attended and located several number plates and a suspected improvised explosive device.

The police bomb squad has been called to the scene, with a 100m exclusion zone created around the site.

Two people have since been taken into custody.



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