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Bomb scare at DFAT

DFAT building evacuated
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Staff at The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra were evacuated after a suspicious package was discovered at the R. G. Casey building this afternoon.

UPDATE: Shortly before 4pm AEDT the package was found to be non-suspicious by ACT police.

The AFP Bomb Response Team squad were called to investigate the package in the canteen of the building.

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott was briefed after police evacuated staff and shut down roads around John McEwen Crescent.

ACT Policing set up an exclusion zone and asked people to avoid the area.

Workers were told to remain at least 100 metres away from the building as large fire and rescue trucks attend the scene.

The DFAT canteen, passport office and childcare centre are all accessible to the public. The childcare’s staff and children were evacuated to a nearby church.

Nearby Parliament House was not evacuated.

Ambulances also attended the scene at the southern end of Sydney Avenue near DFAT building.


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