The British, American, Croatian, New Zealand and Swiss consulates in Melbourne all confirmed to CNN that they had received suspicious items in the mail.
The Swiss consulate in the southern city, Australia’s second largest, told the network 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 currently investigating.
A British High Commission spokesperson also confirmed that a suspicious package was sent to their Melbourne consulate and they were liaising closely with Australian Federal Police and the local authorities regarding the situation.
A spokesman for the US consulate in Melbourne told CNN that after receiving a suspicious package staff “followed standard procedures and alerted local authorities. The Melbourne fire brigade and Australian Federal Police are currently investigating. We have full faith and confidence in them.”
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) confirmed that police and emergency services had responded to suspicious packages sent to embassies and consulates in both Canberra and Melbourne but did not provide details as to the specific locations or contents of the packages.
“The packages are being examined by attending emergency services. The circumstances are being investigated,” said the AFP statement.
A subsequent statement from Victoria Police, which oversees the state capital Melbourne, said that they “believe the matter is targeted and not impacting the general community.”
Images on social media reportedly showed emergency services in protective clothing entering various consulates in Melbourne.
A number of the incidents listed are categorized as being “under control,” while others are listed as emergency services “responding.”