Suspicious Package That Forced Evacuation in Canberra False Alarm: Police

© Photo : WikipediaThe R. G. Casey building, head office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade located in Barton in the Australian Capital Territory
The R. G. Casey building, head office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade located in Barton in the Australian Capital Territory - Sputnik International
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A package which triggered the evacuation of employees of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the closure of nearby areas in a suburb of Canberra, Australia's capital, has been deemed non-suspicious, according to a police report.

MOSCOW, December 16 (Sputnik) – A questionable-looking unclaimed package which was found in the Canberra suburb of Barton on the premises of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on Tuesday afternoon has been deemed "non-suspicious" by the Australian police in a statement.

Earlier on Tuesday, the police evacuated the staff of the DFAT as a precautionary measure.

The areas near the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade building that had been cordoned off have been re-opened.

The mysterious package was found in the cafeteria area of the department, ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Policing said in a statement.

The incident comes a day after a hostage drama at a café in central Sydney led to the deaths of two hostages and a gunman and left six people injured.

The staff and visitors to the Sydney Opera House were also evacuated on Monday after the discovery of the suspicious-looking package.

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