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Police look for source of white powder parcel

Written By : SERA JANINE. Police are yet to establish the source of the parcel of white powder that was sent to the United States of America embassy in Suva
01 Jan 2009 12:00

Written By : SERA JANINE. Police are yet to establish the source of the parcel of white powder that was sent to the United States of America embassy in Suva on Wednesday.
The embassy received an envelope filled with white powder this week and called in police to investigate.
Police spokesperson Ema Mua said the Criminal Investigations Department was looking into the matter and findings would be made public soon.
She would not comment on whether the parcel was sent from overseas.
“At the moment investigations are at a preliminary stage as the case is being handled by CID. As investigations are still underway we would not be able to give an update just yet,” she said.
This incident is not an isolated one as other US embassies around the world have received similar parcels. However, tests conducted in these cases have confirmed that the white powder is not a deadly substance.
A statement from the embassy in Suva stated they expected test results of the powder to be released in three days.
On Wednesday, police were called in to cordon off the embassy building after the receipt of the envelope.
Ms Mua said the area would remain cordoned off until test results on the powder were received.




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