German embassy receives suspicious substance

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4 October 2005, KUALA LUMPUR - A total of six foreign embassies in Malaysia on Tuesday almost simultaneously received small packages containing "suspicious substances", prompting an emergency evacuation of all staff, said police.

4 October 2005

KUALA LUMPUR  - A total of six foreign embassies in Malaysia on Tuesday almost simultaneously received small packages containing "suspicious substances", prompting an emergency evacuation of all staff, said police.

Small packages addressed to the German, Japanese, Canadian, Singaporean, Philippines and Thai embassies located in the capital Kuala Lumpur began arriving around 2 p.m. local time.

Japanese and Thai embassy staff were the first to open the packages, and discover a compact disc and an unidentified white liquid, said police. Some of the other packages contained white powder, he said.

Similar packages arrived later at the German, Canadian, Philippines and Singaporean embassies.

Police and officers from the hazardous material department were immediately called to all six locations, where an emergency evacuation was ordered for all staff. The packages and contents were collected and sent for testing.

At the German embassy, the package arrived after working hours and was opened by one of the local staff members, said embassy spokesperson Susanne Baumann.

"A small package containing white powder arrived at the embassy about 4 p.m. local time," she told Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

"Police were immediately contacted."

Baumann said the staff member who opened the package has also been sent to hospital for a check-up, adding that police also checked the premises of the embassy.

Fire trucks and police patrol cars were seen outside the Singapore and Philippines embassies, the last two embassies to have called in the package.

A police spokesman confirmed that all six embassies received "packages containing suspicious substances".

"The situation is under control, and we have collected all packages to be tested," he said.

He declined to comment if all packages were linked and if police have detained any suspects responsible for the act.

DPA

Subject: German news

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