Suspicious packages investigated at consulates, embassies in Australia

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Authorities stated Wednesday that they have been investigating suspicious packages that had been despatched to a number of consulates and embassies in Melbourne and Canberra, the capital.

Australian Federal Police gave few particulars, saying solely that emergency items have been responding to suspicious packages delivered to diplomatic addresses within the two cities.

Victoria State Emergency Companies started reporting hazardous-materials alerts alongside main streets which can be residence to quite a few international consulates in Melbourne, the nation’s second-largest metropolis, starting early Wednesday afternoon (Tuesday night time ET).

U.S. diplomatic officers in Australia instructed ABC, Australia’s nationwide public broadcaster, that the U.S. Consulate in Melbourne was among the many establishments that had obtained the packages however that the U.S. Embassy in Canberra wasn’t.

“We dealt with the bundle in response to our normal procedures and in shut coordination with native authorities … who’re investigating the incident,” a spokesman for the Melbourne consulate instructed the information service.

No additional data was instantly accessible about Wednesday’s experiences, which got here two days after a suspicious white powder was found in a bundle on the Argentine Consulate in Sydney, Australia’s largest metropolis.

Haz-mat crews examined the powder and located no poisons or toxins.

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