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Police in Australia investigate delivery of suspicious packages to foreign embassies

The packages are not believed to be harmful.

File photo of a police van in Melbourne, Australia.
File photo of a police van in Melbourne, Australia.
Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

AUSTRALIAN POLICE ARE investigating the delivery of suspicious packages sent to foreign embassies and consulates in Melbourne and Canberra.

The packages – which are still being examined but are not believed to be harmful – were delivered to facilities in the capital and several addresses across the southern Australian city, police confirmed.

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

The British consulate in Melbourne was among those targeted.

“We are liaising closely with the (Australian Federal Police) and the local authorities regarding the situation. All our staff are safe and accounted for,” said a British High Commission spokesperson.

The US consulate in the city said it also received a “suspicious” package, which a spokesperson said was handled in coordination with the Melbourne Fire Brigade and the Australian Federal Police, who were “investigating the incident”.

Vic Emergency, a government response agency, reported several instances of hazardous materials being found across the city today, including near the Spanish, Japanese, Egyptian, Indian and Pakistani consulates.

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

- © AFP 2019

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