Suspicious package found at Australian consulate in Bali

DENPASAR, Indonesia, July 14, 2011 (AFP) - Indonesian police said Thursday they are investigating a suspicious package found outside the Australian consulate in the resort island of Bali.

"We don't know if it's a bomb or not, it has to be investigated," a police officer in Bali told AFP.

Australian embassy spokesman Ray Marcelo said the package was found near the gate of the consulate in Denpasar around 2:00 pm (0700 GMT).

"The people who were in the consulate at the time continued working," he said, adding that people who needed access to the consulate were invited to get advice by telephone because police had closed the street outside.

Police said the bomb squad and a sniffer dog were called to the scene and the package was removed for analysis.

The package had been left at the gate earlier in the day by a man identifying himself as an Australian teacher, police said.

"He was asking where to dispose of chemical waste. I explained to him that there's no such place for such disposal here," security guard Irwan Saputra said.

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