Suspicious packages spark scares at British consulate and other embassies in Australia

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.  

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.

“We are liaising closely with the [Australian Federal Police] and the local authorities regarding the situation,” a spokesperson said. “All our staff are safe and accounted for.”

Emergency services attended consulates across Melbourne’s central busy district and the inner city. Some reports said as many as 22 consulates had received packages, some of which apparently contained asbestos.

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. It was not clear which embassies in Canberra were affected.

Source link Finance News Australia

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