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Bomb squad called to embassies in Australia

Bomb squad officers were called to the French and Israeli embassies in Canberra today following the discovery of suspicious packages, police said.

world Updated: Jan 30, 2012 09:16 IST

Bomb squad officers were called to the French and Israeli embassies in Canberra on Monday following the discovery of suspicious packages, police said.

Police said a bomb response team had been dispatched to the French diplomatic post in Yarralumla to deal with a "suspicious package".

"There's also one at the Israeli embassy," a police spokesman told AFP.

When asked whether the incidents were linked he said it was "too early in the response operation to say".

The embassies are in close proximity to one another in Yarralumla, a suburb of Canberra that is home to a large number of foreign diplomatic posts.