Suspicious packages sent to Indian, British, German and Swiss embassies in Australia

09 January, 2019, 11:10 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • 'Suspicious packages' found at consulates in Australia

"The packages are being examined by attending emergency services", the Australian Federal Police said in a statement.

The incident comes just days after emergency services were called to the Argentinian consulate in Sydney's CBD after reports that a suspicious substance was found in a parcel.

"The circumstances surrounding the incidents are being investigated", said the Australian Federal Police.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said it was aware of suspicious packages being delivered to embassies and consulates across Melbourne and Canberra.

The AFP said some embassies and consulates in Canberra had also been affected.

Suspicious packages have sparked a major emergency response and evacuation of some foreign consulates across Melbourne, including New Zealand, with embassies in Canberra also hit.

It is understood at least seven Melbourne buildings have been evacuated.

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


Similar scenes are believed to be unfolding at numerous other diplomatic offices, while staff have been told not to comment to reporters.

Hazmat and fire crews are seen outside the Indian and French Consulates on St Kilda Road with evacuated workers on the street.

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

Images on social media reportedly showed emergency services in protective clothing entering various consulates in Melbourne.

"Staff were evacuated from the Consulate as a precautionary measure", a spokesperson said.

The United Kingdom consulate, located on Collins Street in Melbourne, along with the German consulate and Swiss consulate, were also affected.

One firefighter was seen outside the South Korean consulate carrying a large plastic bag with the word "asbestos" written on it.

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

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