Australian police officers patrol the area outside the venue of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Trade Ministers meeting in Cairns, Australia. (Photographer: Jack Atley/Bloomberg News)

Australia Police Probe Suspicious Packages Sent to Embassies

(Bloomberg) -- Australian authorities are investigating after suspicious packages were delivered to embassies and consulates in Melbourne and the national capital, Canberra.

The packages are being examined by emergency services, the Australian Federal Police said in a statement on Wednesday, declining to give further information.

According to the Australian, at least 10 consulates in Melbourne have been targeted, with unverified reports saying they have received packages bearing the words “asbestos” and “wear a mask.” According to the newspaper, nations whose consulates are believed to have been targeted include the U.S., India, U.K., Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Greece, Italy, Pakistan and Egypt.

The Indonesian consulate in Melbourne also received a suspicious package, according to Consul General Spica Tutuhatunewa.

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