‘Suspicious packages’ found at Australia consulates

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‘Suspicious packages’ found at Australia consulates

 International Desk :: international-desk

 Published: 12:22 PM, 9 January 2019   Updated: 12:22 PM, 9 January 2019

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Australian police are investigating suspicious packages found at foreign consulates in Canberra and Melbourne, reports BBC.

Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade said it had been called to “a number of incidents” across the city.

Several others consulates including UK, Switzerland, US and Pakistan are among those affected in the incident.

The Australian Federal Police said, “The packages are being examined by attending emergency services. The circumstances are being investigated.”

State police in Melbourne said the incidents were believed to be “targeted and not impacting the general community”.

According to local media, emergency workers had been seen at consulates belonging to India, South Korea, New Zealand, Greece and Italy. 

Emergency workers near the Melbourne consulates of India and France

“We are liaising closely with the [federal police] and the local authorities,” said a British High Commission official with adding, “All our staff is safe and accounted for.”

The Swiss consulate in Melbourne was sent a small envelope containing a substance labeled “asbestos”, said Peter Erb, the husband of honorary consul Manuela Erb.

He told, “We immediately put the envelope in another bag and rang the emergency service and they came and took it away.”

“We do know now that the item was not likely a bio-hazard.”

“The US consulate in Melbourne had also notified authorities about a suspicious package,” a spokesman told Reuters.

On Monday, suspicious parcels containing a white substance were sent to Argentina’s consulate in Sydney. They were later found to be non-toxic.