Aus­tralia: Nu­mer­ous sus­pi­cious pack­ages found at con­sulates

Po­lice said there were ten “haz­ardous ma­te­rial” re­sponses tak­ing place through­out city

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The Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a num­ber of sus­pi­cious pack­ages on Wed­nes­day that had been sent to nu­mer­ous con­sulates and em­bassies across the coun­try. Po­lice cars and am­bu­lances could be seen out­side sev­eral diplo­matic mis­sions in Mel­bourne and the cap­i­tal Can­berra, in­clud­ing those of Ger­many, South Ko­rea, Italy, In­dia, and Spain.

Pub­lic broad­caster ABC also re­ported that au­thor­i­ties had sim­i­larly found pack­ages at the Mel­bourne con­sulates of the United States, the UK, Switzer­land, Pak­istan and New Zealand, and pos­si­bly also those of France, Greece, and Hong Kong.

“At this time, we be­lieve the mat­ter is tar­geted and not im­pact­ing the gen­eral com­mu­nity,” said po­lice in the state of Vic­to­ria, of which Mel­bourne is the cap­i­tal.

The po­lice said there were ten “haz­ardous ma­te­rial” re­sponses tak­ing place through­out the city.

Staff were  ini­tially evac­u­ated from some of the af­fected build­ings, which were placed on tem­po­rary lock down, but were al­lowed to re­turn later on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Ac­cord­ing to the ABC, a New Zealand con­sulate worker told the press that the pack­age had been la­belled “as­bestos” and con­tained sev­eral plas­tic bags hold­ ing fi­brous ma­te­rial. The hus­band of the Swiss honorary con­sul in Mel­bourne told the Aus­tralia Post a sim­i­lar story.

The in­ci­dent came on the heels of a sim­i­lar sus­pi­cious pack­age de­liv­ery to the Ar­gen­tinian con­sulate in Syd­ney on Mon­day, which was later found not to con­tain harm­ful ma­te­rial.

Staff were  ini­tially evac­u­ated from some of the af­fected build­ings

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