Update as of 12:15 a.m. EST: A package found at a government building, which triggered an evacuation earlier on Tuesday, in Barton, has been “deemed non-suspicious,” Australian police said in a statement. The areas near the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade building that had been cordoned off earlier have now been opened.


Barely hours after a standoff at a Sydney café led to the deaths of two hostages and a gunman, Australian police said they are investigating a “suspicious package” at a government building in the capital city of Canberra.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Australian Federal Police said that it had received reports of a package in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Barton -- a suburb of Canberra.

The area has been cordoned off and evacuations are underway, police officials said in the statement. Members of the bomb disposal squad are also present at the scene.