Mystery packages at Indian, 11 other consulates in Australia trigger evacuation

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The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported suspicious packages were also found at the Melbourne consulates of the United States, Switzerland, Pakistan and New Zealand, and possibly those of Greece, France, and Hong Kong.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said in a tweet that emergency services responded to "suspicious packages" at embassies and consulates in Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Victoria.

Emergency services attended consulates across Melbourne's central busy district and the inner city.

"There are 22 we know of at least in Melbourne and Canberra", Candice said.

"The Australian Federal Police and Melbourne Fire Department are investigating".

Firefighters and Ambulance Victoria paramedics were attending the Indian Consulate and US Consulate on St Kilda Road.

A spokesman for the USA consulate in Melbourne told CNN that after receiving a suspicious package staff "followed standard procedures and alerted local authorities".

"The circumstances surrounding these incidents are being investigated".

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Suspicious packages have sparked a major emergency response and evacuation of some foreign consulates across Melbourne, with embassies in Canberra also hit. The Melbourne fire brigade and Australian Federal Police are now investigating.

An AFP spokesperson said that as the matter is subject to further inquiries, they would not be providing further information.

The Indian High Commission is located in Canberra; there were no immediate reports of the high commission being among the locations that received suspicious packages.

Emergency workers wearing chemical suits were seen entering some of the buildings.

Addresses for the events include Market Street, Bourke Street, Middleton Lane, William Street, and St Kilda Road in Melbourne, Elgin Street at Carlton, and Yertchuk Avenue at Ashwood.

"All our staff are safe and accounted for".

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

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