A suspicious package found early Tuesday at Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra, has been deemed safe after its discovery prompted an evacuation, according to police reports.
“Package found at DFAT deemed non-suspicious,” the Australian Federal Police posted to its Twitter account.
Hundreds of people were evacuated from a building and escorted to a car park after the package was reported in the DFAT canteen.
Police set up an exclusion zone around the building in Barton, a suburb of Canberra, shutting several square blocks of the town center. They have since been reopened.
“We will always respond in this manner to suspicious packages no matter where they are identified or located,” Australian police said.
Deputy Chief Police Officer David Pryce thanked people for assisting with «our DFAT suspicious package response,” stating, “We’ll always err on side of caution to keep you safe.”
Police in Australia are on high alert in the wake of a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe, which ended early Tuesday with a police operation. Three people were killed including two of the hostages and the attacker, who identified himself as an Islamic cleric.