Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

Suspicious packages result in evacuation of several consulates in Australia

Suspicious packages result in evacuation of several consulates in Australia

Reuters adds: Police in Australia are investigating suspicious packages sent to a wide range of embassies and consulates on Wednesday, which officials said included the USA and British missions in Melbourne.

Emergency services attended consulates across Melbourne's central busy district and the inner city.

The Australian Federal Police are investigating the circumstances around the packages and are working with local authorities and MFB.

The packages were delivered on Wednesday, Efe news quoted the statement as saying.

Diplomatic offices in Melbourne for countries including Germany, Italy, India, Spain and South Korea were among those attended by police, fire crews and ambulance officers on Wednesday afternoon.

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"We are aware of reports of suspicious packages being received and are cooperating with the AFP", a British consulate spokesman said.

Officials at the US and British consulates in Melbourne separately confirmed suspicious packages had been received.

Police in Australia are investigating suspicious packages sent to at least ten embassies and consulates in Canberra and Melbourne, including those of Britain, the United States and New Zealand.

"At this time we believe the matter is targeted and not impacting the general community", said the spokesperson.

The Victorian Emergency website lists more than 10 "hazardous material" events occurring across Melbourne, which began unfolding from about 1.00pm.

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Emergency service personel exit the building where the Korean consulate is located in Melbourne.

There were no immediate reports of any of the consulate staff being harmed in the incidents.

Images taken by 9News showed firefighters and paramedics attending the Indian and USA missions in Melbourne.

The police said there were ten "hazardous material" responses taking place throughout the city.

The official said she was told by the authorities to wash her hands.

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"We are assisting at a number of embassies across Melbourne".

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