Suspicious Packages Delivered To Multiple Foreign Consulates In Melbourne And ACT
Police are investigating after suspicious packages were delivered to a number of foreign consulates in Melbourne's CBD and the ACT.
The Indian consulate and US embassy, both located on St Kilda Road in Melbourne, are believed to be have been affected, as well as the Swiss, British, German, Spanish, Korean and New Zealand consulates and embassies.
There were at least 17 "hazardous material" warnings listed on the Victoria Emergency website after 1pm, scattered across the city on Collins St, Queens St, William St, St Kilda Rd and Albert Rd.
There is also a warning listed in Ashwood, where the Swiss consulate is located.
At least 16 cars were sent to the sites, and many of the events have since been listed as "safe" and "under control".
The Australian Federal Police are investigating the circumstances around the packages and are working with local authorities and MFB.
"Police and emergency services have responded to suspicious packages delivered to embassies in Melbourne today," an AFP spokesperson told 10 daily.
"The packages are being examined by attending emergency services."
Victoria Police said at this time, they believe the matter is "targeted and not impacting the general community."
Photos from outside the Indian Consulate show evacuated staff, two fire trucks, hazardous material vehicles and police in attendance.
Similar scenes are believed to be unfolding at numerous other diplomatic offices, while staff have been told not to comment to reporters.