Suspicious packages sent to Indian, British, German and Swiss embassies in Australia

The Italian consulate in Melbourne was among the diplomatic missions targeted. – AFP

The Italian consulate in Melbourne was among the diplomatic missions targeted. – AFP

Emergency services in Melbourne are responding to reports that suspicious packages have been found at global embassies and consulates in Melbourne and Canberra.

Other consulates in Melbourne reported by media to have received suspicious packages included those representing Greece, Italy, Spain, Thailand, India, Japan, Pakistan, Egypt, Denmark and Switzerland.

Victoria Police said at this time, they believe the matter is "targeted and not impacting the general community".

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.

Some unverified reports claimed that the diplomatic missions have received packages bearing the word "asbestos" and "wear a mask". The husband of the Swiss honorary consul in Melbourne told the Australia Post a similar story.

Suspicious packages have been sent to several consulates - including the British consulate - in Melbourne.

Images taken by 9News showed firefighters and paramedics attending the Indian and US missions in Melbourne.

Reuters adds: Police in Australia are investigating suspicious packages sent to a wide range of embassies and consulates on Wednesday, which officials said included the USA and British missions in Melbourne.

"The circumstances surrounding these incidents are being investigated".

Emergency Victoria issued eight "Hazardous Material" alerts listed within 30 minutes, with workers reportedly evacuated across the city shortly after substances were discovered.

"Staff were evacuated from the Consulate as a precautionary measure", a spokesperson said.

Emergency service personal exiting the building where the Korean consulate is located in Melbourne.

The official said she was told by the authorities to wash her hands.

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

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