Suspicious packages sent to multiple embassies and consulates in Australia


"The packages are being examined by attending emergency services", the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said in a short statement. "The circumstances are being investigated", said the AFP statement.

Police and emergency services have responded to suspicious packages delivered to embassies in Melbourne today (Wednesday, 9 January 2019).

AFP confirmed packages were also delivered to embassies in Canberra.

Seven foreign consulates have been evacuated in Melbourne after the discovery of suspicious packages.

The Vic Emergency website lists more than 10 "hazardous material" events occurring across Melbourne, which began unfolding from about 1pm.

Officials at the USA and British consulates in Melbourne separately confirmed suspicious packages had been received.

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.

Australian Associated Press reported staff at the consulate general of India were evacuated from the building for about 40 minutesand ordered not to talk to media, while reporters outside the consulate general of the Republic of Korea reported seeing at least one person in a hazmat suit enter the building.

Investigating officers at the U.S Consulate on St Kilda Road said the package had been found in the mail room.

Footage showed emergency services workers attended the US, Greek, French, Italian, Hong Kong, Indian, New Zealand, Pakistan and Swiss consulates.

Addresses for the events include Market Street, Bourke Street, Middleton Lane, William Street, and St Kilda Road in Melbourne, Elgin Street at Carlton, and Yertchuk Avenue at Ashwood.

One firefighter was seen outside the South Korean consulate carrying a large plastic bag with the word "asbestos" written on it.

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

"The Australian Federal Police and Melbourne Fire Department are investigating".