FBI Minneapolis
Associate Division Counsel Jeffrey K. Van Nest
(763) 569-8541
July 19, 2017

Suspicious Item Found at Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport, FBI Minneapolis Agents Respond

In the early morning of July 19, 2017, the FBI’s Minneapolis Division was contacted by local law enforcement alerting to the presence of a suspicious item discovered at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Special Agents assigned to the Airport quickly determined that there was no indication of terrorist activity. The area was reopened to passengers soon after and the airport returned to normal business activities.

Minneapolis Airport and Bloomington Police Departments were notified of a suspicious item left near a trash can in MSP Terminal 2. Those Departments made an initial assessment that there was no immediate threat to the public and contacted the FBI’s Minneapolis Division. Two agents assigned to the airport responded to the scene. Based on their initial investigation, FBI Minneapolis does not believe this is a terrorism related event at this time. The terminal was re-opened to regular traffic shortly thereafter.

“We do not believe that any members of the public were in any immediate danger and have not found any evidence of terrorism at this time,” said Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton of the Minneapolis Division. “We are grateful for the immediate response of the Minneapolis Airport Police and Bloomington Police Departments and their quick decision to include the FBI in this investigation. This incident demonstrates the valuable collaboration between the FBI and our local partners.” Thornton added that, “the FBI continues to aggressively investigate any suspicious activity involving suspected terrorism. Even though this incident wasn’t terrorism related, we encourage the public to contact the FBI if they see suspicious activity.”

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