Suspicious packages sent to several diplomatic missions in Australia

Suspicious package sent to Indian consulate several others in Australia

The New Zealand consulate in Melbourne, Australia was sent a suspicious package, MFAT has confirmed.

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

The British consulate in Melbourne was among those targeted.

A New Zealand official told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation the consulate received an envelope with small plastic bags that appeared to contain concrete and asbestos, with "asbestos" written on one of the bags.

A spokeswoman for the service said: "We are assisting the Australian Federal Police right now with a number of incidents across Melbourne".

"Police and emergency services have responded to suspicious packages delivered to embassies in Melbourne today", an AFP spokesperson told 10 daily.

Australian Federal Police are now examining the packages, which were delivered to consulates on St Kilda Rd and in the CBD.

The US consulate in the city said it also received a "suspicious" package, which a spokesperson said was handled in coordination with the Melbourne Fire Brigade and the Australian Federal Police, who were "investigating the incident".

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Taheri said the top design consisted of a cylindrical-shaped bin that would have a rotating top. Once a person's motions are detected, he said the system would alert emergency crews.

"The circumstances surrounding the incidents are being investigated", the AFP statement said.

Sky reported that the scare coincided with the United States embassy's hazmat training, which had been booked for months.

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

A firefighter is seen carrying a hazardous material bag into the South Korean consulate in Melbourne.

The NZ consulate was one of at least seven worldwide consulates evacuated after multiple suspicious packages were found, in what officials labelled a "hazardous material" event.

"All our staff are safe and accounted for", she said.

The discovery of suspicious substances at the Argentinian consulate in Sydney prompted a large scale emergency response just two days ago. Results from police testing have yet to be revealed.

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