Australia police examining suspicious packages at 10 consulates

Australia police examining suspicious packages at 10 consulates

According to Channel Nine, the consulates of Britain, the United States, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Pakistan and Greece were all believed to have been affected.

The government Vic Emergency website noted at least 10 "hazardous material" incidents in the city.

Emergency services in Melbourne are responding to reports that suspicious packages have been found at worldwide embassies and consulates in Melbourne and Canberra.

A fire fighter is seen carrying a hazardous material bag into the Korean consulate in Melbourne. It is unclear what embassies in Canberra were affected.

Two firetrucks, a hazardous materials vehicle and police cars were seen at India's consulate in Melbourne, where staff members had been evacuated, some wearing protective masks. "The circumstances are being investigated", Australian Federal Police tweeted.

Authorities did not confirm the specific locations or intended targets of any of the packages, but the Australian federal police confirmed it was investigating and would examine the packages.

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However the U.S. embassy in Canberra was not targeted with a package, a spokesperson said.

The Swiss consulate in Melbourne confirmed to CNN that a suspicious package was delivered at around 1.30 p.m. local time Wednesday (9.30 p.m. Tuesday ET), and that the police and fire services are now investigating.

Ten News reporter Candice Wyatt told Nick McCallum there was about a dozen police outside the Spanish Consulate in Carlton. The Melbourne fire brigade and Australian Federal Police are now investigating.

A British High Commission spokesperson also confirmed that a suspicious package was sent to their Melbourne consulate and they were liaising closely with Australian Federal Police and the local authorities regarding the situation.

"All our staff are safe and accounted for", she said.

The incidents come after Sydney's Argentinian consulate was partially evacuated on Monday after reports of a suspicious substance.

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