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Suspicious packages found at Indian consulate and other diplomatic missions in Melbourne

Press Trust of India  |  Melbourne 

Suspicious packages were found on Wednesday at several diplomatic missions in Melbourne, including the Indian Consulate, prompting Australian authorities to launch a major emergency response.

A major operation is underway after packages were delivered to at least 10 international consulates across

Firefighters and Ambulance paramedics were attending the and

"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," tweeted.

The (MFB) said it was assisting the at a number of incidents at embassies across

The United Kingdom Consulate, located on Collins Street, along with the (St Kilda Road), (Street), (St Kilda Road), (Ashwood), (Cardigan Place), (Albert Road) and the (Queens Road) are also believed to have been affected.

Emergency workers wearing were seen entering some of the buildings. There was no reports of any one injured so far.

More than a dozen hazardous material alerts have been issued on the VicEmergency website.

The developing situation comes just two days after a "suspicious" white powder was found at the in Sydney.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 10:25 IST
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