Australia's foreign affairs dept evacuated over suspicious package: police

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 15, 2014 11:08 PM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the capital, Canberra, was evacuated on Tuesday after a suspicious package was found in the building's canteen, police said.

Few other details were available.

Australia is on high alert after heavily armed police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed terrified hostages being held there at gunpoint for 16 hours. Two hostages and the gunman were killed, police said.

(Reporting by Matt Siegel; Editing by Paul Tait)