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NZ parliament reopens after bomb scare

A building in New Zealand's parliament complex reopened on Monday after it was evacuated following the discovery of a suspicious package.

world Updated: May 17, 2010 08:30 IST

A building in New Zealand's parliament complex reopened on Monday after it was evacuated following the discovery of a suspicious package.

The 10-storey building, which is known as the Beehive, contains the office of the prime minister and the most senior government ministers.

Parliamentary spokesman Warren Inkster said in a statement police had lifted all cordons around the parliamentary precinct, but access to level five where the package was discovered will remain closed off, while police investigate the scene.

"All other staff can return to the executive wing (of parliament)," he said.

The New Zealand Press Association quoted a police officer as saying a box was delivered with a note with "words to the effect" that it contained a bomb, leading to the evacuation of the building and the bomb squad to be called in.