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Suspicious powder discovery forces Swedish airport to be evacuated

Skavsta airport in Sweden
Skavsta airport in Sweden

Airport officials in Sweden say they have closed the departure lounge at Skavsta Airport and halted outgoing flights after a suspicious powder was found in a passenger's hand luggage.

Airport spokesman Joakim Lindholm says that parts of the check-in area and baggage hall of the departure terminal were evacuated on Sunday, delaying at least three flights by more than two hours, while a bomb squad checked the suspect bag.

Lindholm said that arrivals were not affected.

Local media said that the suspicious powder was found in a woman's handbag at the small Skavsta Airport, 100 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of the capital, Stockholm.

No other details were immediately available.