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Siege man under armed guard in hospital after two suburbs locked down


A man is being treated in a Brisbane hospital under police guard after being arrested following two sieges involving a suspicious device.

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The 42-year-old was arrested after being traced to a car parked at Coorparoo, in eastern Brisbane, while police detonated a suspicious device inside a home in the northern suburb of Wooloowin on Tuesday evening.

Police Inspector Karl Hahne said officers want to question the man about the incident as soon as he is able to speak.

“Our investigators will talk to that gentleman about a number of issues relating to the incident that has occurred,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

Police initially declared public safety preservation acts and roped off streets in both suburbs for more than eight hours before they were revoked about 12.30am on Wednesday.

Inspector Hahne said it was a challenging situation given the suspicious nature of the device so the declarations were vital.

“When we’re dealing with matters where we have substances or material that we have to investigate, it’s quite a meticulous process,” he said.

“So the safest way for us to do that is to declare the PSPA as we did to make sure everybody’s safe.”

Detectives have “cleared” the home in Wooloowin, while the car has been taken from Coorparoo for investigation, he said.

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