REPORT: Suspicious package sent to US embassy in Australia
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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.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 9, 2019
Fire truck and AFP car outside #US Embassy in Canberra. Yellow tape across the front of the building too. Police refusing to confirm if it’s also been targeted by suspicions packages but say diplomatic missions in the ACT are involved @SkyNewsAust pic.twitter.com/zfcOu7olMI
— Annelise Nielsen (@annelisenews) January 9, 2019
BREAKING: @MFB_NEWS firefighters & Aus Federal Police on scene at the New Zealand embassy in Melbourne, investigating a suspicious package. Understand the US, Indian, UK, German & Swiss consulates may also be affected. Authorities yet to comment. @7NewsMelbourne pic.twitter.com/v6TG1afeYj
— Kristy Mayr (@KristyMayr7) January 9, 2019
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