‘Suspicious Packages’ at Multiple Consulates in Melbourne, Emergency Crews Called

Police are investigating after suspicious packages were delivered to a number of foreign consulates in Melbourne's CBD and the ACT.

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.

The packages were delivered on Wednesday, Efe news quoted the statement as saying.

Police, fire crews and ambulances were seen at a number of diplomatic offices in Melbourne, including those of India, Germany, Italy, Spain and South Korea.

A major security operation in Melbourne, Australia is underway after suspicious packages were reportedly found at multiple diplomatic consulates on January 9.

Suspicious packages have been sent to several consulates - including the British consulate - in Melbourne.

"At this time we believe the matter is targeted and not impacting the general community", said police in the state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital.

"We are liaising closely with the (Australian Federal Police) and the local authorities regarding the situation".


Photos from outside the Indian Consulate show evacuated staff, two fire trucks, hazardous material vehicles and police in attendance.

It was immediately unclear if a package was found at the Indian consulate in Melbourne too.

All of the incidents that matched the addresses of consulates in Melbourne were declared under control.

Embassies in Canberra have also been hit, but it is not known which ones have been affected, according to AAP.

The ABC reported one New Zealand consulate worker had said the packages in question were envelopes labelled "asbestos".

VicEmergency says they are responding to hazardous material reports at Bourke St, Market St, Middleton Lane, Albert Rd, Queens Rd and St Kilda Rd.

On lockdown reportedly were Korean, Greek, Italian, Pakistani and Egyptian consulates.

Images taken by 9News showed firefighters and paramedics attending the Indian and USA missions in Melbourne.


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