The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra has been evacuated amid reports of a “suspicious package”.
Fairfax Media reports ACT Police is investigating the suspicious package which was located in the canteen this afternoon.
“About 1.45pm, ACT Policing received the report of the suspicious package at DFAT on John McEwen Crescent,” police said.
“ACT Policing provided a coordinated response and cordoned the area as a standard safety precaution.”
“Evacuations are underway at DFAT and road closures implemented.Members of the AFP Bomb Response Team are in attendance.”
1. Sydney Siege
Police have stormed the Sydney Lindt Café where a 19-hour siege came to an end in the early hours of this morning.
A hail of bullet fire and gun grenades were used. Three people have died including the gunman, four have been injured.
The gunman has been named as Man Haron Manis. NSW Police Comm Andrew Scipione said that police acted after they heard gunshots inside the building just before 2am.
Police have confirmed 17 hostages were inside the Cafe.
The Prime Minister has said that the National Security Committee of cabinet would meet early this morning.
- Injuries: There are three people confirmed dead in the gunfire. A policeman was shot in the face. For more go here.
- NSW Police Comm Andrew Scipione has commended the actions of our police saying “They have saved lives.” For more on this go here.
- The gunman has been identified as a self-described cleric, Man Haron Monis aged 50 who came to Australia as an Iranian refugee. For more on him go here.
- For details on the exclusion zone and traveling through the city of Sydney today go here.
- The Prime Minister has released a statement saying “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the hostages.” For more go here.
- For the reaction of Islamic leaders go here.
- To read of how Australians have fought back against Anti Islamic sentiment go here.
- For one man’s brief encounter of the gunman before the siege go here.