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NZ consulate in Melbourne receives suspicious package

NZ consulate in Melbourne receives suspicious package

Two fire trucks, a hazardous materials vehicle and police cars were called to the Consulate-General of India on St Kilda Road, where staff sat outside the building, telling reporters they had been told not to comment to reporters.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said it was aware of suspicious packages being delivered to embassies and consulates across Melbourne and Canberra.

A major operation is underway after packages were delivered to at least 10 global consulates across Melbourne.

The Israeli embassy in Canberra has confirmed it also received a suspicious package.

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

"The packages are being examined by attending emergency services".

Footage showed emergency services workers attended the US, Greek, French, Italian, Hong Kong, Indian, New Zealand, Pakistan and Swiss consulates.

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"We are liaising closely with the AFP and the local authorities regarding the situation", the spokesperson said.

The British High Commission in Australia confirmed that the consulate in Melbourne had received a package but said nobody was injured.

The Swiss consulate in Melbourne confirmed to CNN that a suspicious package was delivered at around 1.30 p.m. local time Wednesday (9.30 p.m. Tuesday ET), and that the police and fire services are now investigating.

Paramedics and firefighters wearing hazmat suits were seen entering the Korean embassy, while fire engines were seen outside several consulates.

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.

Staff were later allowed to re-enter the building, which was deemed safe by Vic Emergency, the collective body of emergency agencies in Victoria state, of which Melbourne is the capital.

On Monday, suspicious parcels containing a white substance were sent to Argentina's consulate in Sydney.