Suspicious Packages Sent To Several Foreign Embassies In Australia: Cops

Hugh Fox
January 9, 2019

Australian Federal Police are now examining the packages, which were delivered to consulates on St Kilda Rd and in the CBD.

The developing situation comes just two days after a "suspicious" white powder was found at the Argentinian Consulate in Sydney.

"The circumstances surrounding the incidents are being investigated", the AFP statement said.

Emergency services in Melbourne are responding to reports that suspicious packages have been found at global embassies and consulates in Melbourne and Canberra.

AFP confirmed packages were also delivered to embassies in Canberra.

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It said the packages were sent to consulates in Melbourne and embassies in Canberra, but did not provide a total number of affected sites or identify any of them.

Hazardous material warnings were also shown near the Indonesian, Thai, Greek, Egyptian and Japanese consulates in Melbourne.

The Indian consulate and USA embassy, both located on St Kilda Road in Melbourne, are believed to be have been affected, as well as the Swiss, British, German, Spanish, Korean and New Zealand consulates and embassies.

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

Firefighters wearing Hazmat suits entered the South Korean and Indian consulates on St Kilda Road in Melbourne shortly after 2pm (local time).

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There were no immediate reports of any harm to staff.

Staff members were later allowed to re-enter the building, which was deemed safe by Vic Emergency, the collective body of emergency agencies in Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital.

A New Zealand official told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation the consulate received an envelope with small plastic bags that appeared to contain concrete and asbestos, with "asbestos" written on one of the bags.

"We handled the package according to our standard procedures and in close coordination with local authorities - the Melbourne Fire Brigade, the Victoria Police, and the Australian Federal Police - who are investigating the incident".

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