REPORT: Suspicious package sent to US embassy in Australia

JANUARY 9, 2019

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Police in Australia are investigating suspicious packages sent to a wide range of embassies and consulates on Wednesday, which officials said included the U.S. and British missions in Melbourne, but there were no reports of harm to staff.

Domestic media reported more than a dozen foreign offices received the packages and that some staff said they contained asbestos, a material used in building that can cause cancers and other health problems.

The article goes on to state the following:

Officials at the U.S. and British consulates in Melbourne separately confirmed suspicious packages had been received.

“We handled the package according to our standard procedures and in close coordination with local authorities … who are investigating the incident,” a spokesman for the U.S. Consulate said.

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