Sat, 23 Feb 2019

SYDNEY, Australia - Australian police are currently investigating suspicious packages that were sent to consulates and embassies in the capital Canberra, and in Melbourne.

In a short statement to the media, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) has said that the suspicious packages are being examined by emergency services, and the events surrounding the incident are being investigated.

The authorities have not identified the consulates or embassies involved in the incident.

According to local media, the attending emergency services were seen conducting investigations at consulates of Italy, India, New Zealand, South Korea, and Greece.

The Australian newspaper has also reported that missions like Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Croatia, Seychelles, Egypt, and Switzerland may be affected.

On Monday, Argentinas consulate in Sydney received suspicious parcels that contained a white substance; it was later found that the substance was non-toxic.

There were no reports of harm to staff.

Both the British and U.S consulates have confirmed that suspicious packages were sent to them. A British High Commission official confirmed that all their staffare safe and they are working closely with the local authorities and federal police.

The Australian Federal Police statement, issued at 3:03pm local time Wednesday said: 'Police and emergency services have responded to suspicious packages delivered to Embassies and Consulates in Canberra and Melbourne today (Wednesday, 9 January 2019).'

'The packages are being examined by attending emergency services.'

'The circumstances surrounding the incidents are being investigated,' the statement said.

'As this matter is subject to further inquiries it is not appropriate to provide further information that may impact on the investigation.'

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