'Suspicious packages' found at consulates in Australia

09 January, 2019, 11:09 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • 'Suspicious packages' found at consulates in Australia

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

Manuela Erb, the honorary consul of the Consulate of Switzerland in Melbourne, told the ABC that they had received a suspicious package at their Ashwood address.

Australian Federal Police said the packages were being "examined" by emergency services and the circumstances around the incidents are under investigation.

"There are 22 we know of at least in Melbourne and Canberra", Candice said.

SYDNEY: Pakistan's mission in Melbourne was among the those global consulates and embassies in Australian cities that have been sent suspicious packages containing white powder, some reportedly marked with the word "asbestos", foreign media reported.

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Photos from outside the Indian Consulate show evacuated staff, two fire trucks, hazardous material vehicles and police in attendance.

The Indian High Commission is located in Canberra; there were no immediate reports of the high commission being among the locations that received suspicious packages.

Australian media reported earlier that packages were sent to at least nine foreign missions in Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, including the British, German, Swiss and Indian embassies.

There are reports the packages contain white powder laced with asbestos, and that warnings were emailed to staffers at the consulates prior to the delivery telling them to "wear masks" when opening the packages.

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

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"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.

A firefighter is seen carrying a hazardous material bag into the South Korean consulate in Melbourne.

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.

The Melbourne fire brigade and Australian Federal Police are now investigating.

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