The Hush Post|12:35pm| 1-min-read
Suspicious packages were found on Wednesday at Consulates of several countries including that of India, in Melbourne, according to news reports. The Australian authorities have launch a major emergency response.
The packages were delivered to at least 10 international consulates across Melbourne. Emergency workers wearing chemical suits were seen entering some of the buildings.
“Police and emergency services have responded to suspicious packages to embassies and consulates… The packages are being examined by attending emergency services. The circumstances are being investigated,” Australian Federal Police tweeted.
Firefighters and Ambulance Victoria paramedics were seen attending the Indian Consulate and US Consulate on the St Kilda Road.
Apart from the Indian consulate, the other consulates affected are
- The United Kingdom Consulate, located on Collins Street,
- Korean Consulate (St Kilda Road),
- German Consulate (Queen Street),
- Italian Consulate (St Kilda Road),
- Swiss Consulate (Ashwood),
- Pakistan Consulate (Cardigan Place),
- Greek Consulate (Albert Road)
- Indonesian Consulate (Queens Road)
- Two days ago, a “suspicious” white powder was found at the Argentinian Consulate in Sydney.
There are no reports of any one injured so far. Alerts have been issued on the VicEmergency website regarding any hazardous or unknown material being found anywhere.