The police evacuated nearby houses, cordoned off the area, and set up a no-fly zone.
Rabat – Christchurch police in New Zealand arrested a man on Tuesday and found a package with a suspected explosive device at an unoccupied property.
The police cordoned off streets in the Phillipstown area of Christchurch and secured the package with the help of a bomb disposal unit.
“Police have located a package containing a suspected explosive device and ammunition at a vacant address in Christchurch,” the district police commander superintendent, John Price, said in a statement.
The police said that a 33-year-old man from Christchurch was arrested and that the cordon was later lifted.
The New Zealand Herald reported that the police mobilized after they received threats about an explosive device and immediately started evacuating nearby houses as a precaution. The police also established a no-fly zone in the neighborhood.
On March 15, a far-right extremist opened fire on two mosques during Friday prayer in Christchurch. The deadly terrorist attack killed 50 people and left 50 others wounded.
The 28-year-old terrorist is in a high-security prison pending his next court appearance on June 14.