Canberra: Suspicious packages have been delivered to at least 10 international consulates and embassies in Canberra and Melbourne, the Australian Federal Police claimed on Wednesday. The Indian and Pakistan consulates are among those which have received the packages.
The United Kingdom Consulate, located on Collins Street, along with the Korean Consulate (St Kilda Road), German Consulate (Queen Street), Italian Consulate (St Kilda Road), Swiss Consulate (Ashwood), Greek Consulate (Albert Road) and the Indonesian Consulate (Queens Road) are also believed to have been affected.
“Police and emergency services have responded to suspicious packages to embassies and consulates in ACT and VIC today. The packages are being examined by attending emergency services. The circumstances are being investigated,” the department tweeted.
Firefighters and Ambulance Victoria paramedics were attending the Indian Consulate and US Consulate on St Kilda Road. The Australian Federal Police is being assisted by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) at embassies across Melbourne.
The development comes just two days after a ‘suspicious’ white powder was found at the Argentinian Consulate in Sydney.
In a similar incident last year, 12 suspicious packages and pipe bombs were sent to the critics of US President Donald Trump. Packages containing homemade bombs and other suspected explosive devices addressed to former US president Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Hollywood megastar Robert De Niro, among others were recovered in October. A suspect was arrested in Florida in connection with the case.