Police in Australia are investigating suspicious packages sent to at least ten embassies and consulates in Canberra and Melbourne, including those of Britain, the United States and New Zealand. Â
The British High Commission in Australia confirmed that the consulate in Melbourne had received a package but said nobody was injured. The commission in Canberra was not affected.
âWe are liaising closely with the [Australian Federal Police] and the local authorities regarding the situation,â a spokesperson said. âAll our staff are safe and accounted for.â
Emergency services attended consulates across Melbourneâs central busy district and the inner city. Some reports said as many as 22 consulates had received packages, some of which apparently containedÂ asbestos.
According to Channel Nine, the consulates of Britain, the United States, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Pakistan Â and Greece were all believed to have been affected. It was not clear which embassies in Canberra were affected.