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US and British consulates among TEN diplomatic offices evacuated in Melbourne

US and British consulates among TEN diplomatic offices evacuated in Melbourne ‘after suspicious packages are found’

  • United States and British consulates evacuated after suspicious packages found
  • The Indian, Swiss and German offices have also reportedly been targeted
  • Fire engines are present outside the consulate offices in central Melbourne 

The United States and British consulates are among 10 diplomatic offices which have been evacuated after suspicious packages were found.

The Indian, Swiss, German, Italian, Spanish, New Zealand South Korean, Pakistan and Greek offices are also believed to have been targeted, according to reports.

Fire engines are outside the consulates, some of which are on St Kilda Road in the central city.

Two fire trucks, a hazardous materials vehicle and police cars were seen outside the Consulate-General of India on Wednesday afternoon.

An Australian Federal Police spokesperson said emergency services responded to suspicious packages which were delivered to embassies and consulates in Canberra and Melbourne. 

The United States and British consulates are among 10 diplomatic offices which have been evacuated after suspicious packages were found

The Indian, Swiss, German and New Zealand (pictured) offices are also believed to have been targeted

The Indian, Swiss, German and New Zealand (pictured) offices are also believed to have been targeted

‘The packages are being examined by attending emergency services. The circumstances surrounding the incidents are being investigated,’ AFP said in a media release.

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

Victoria Emergency’s website has 10 ‘hazardous material’ incidents listed on St Kilda Road, Collins Street, Queens Street, Albert Road and William Street near the CBD.

About eight emergency vehicles are in attendance at the locations.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade is assisting Australian Federal Police, who is the lead agency in the investigation, an MFB spokeswoman said.

Suspicious packages have been found at the locations, 3AW reported.

Staff sat outside the Indian consulate building, telling reporters they had been told not to comment.

Victoria Emergency's website has 10 'hazardous material' incidents listed on St Kilda Road, Collins Street, Queens Street, Albert Road and William Street near the CBD

Victoria Emergency’s website has 10 ‘hazardous material’ incidents listed on St Kilda Road, Collins Street, Queens Street, Albert Road and William Street near the CBD

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