Sweden: US embassy evacuated over letter

2012-10-17 14:51
Swedish police and emergency workers arrive at the US embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, to investigate a suspicious package. (Scanpix Sweden, Claudio Bresciani/ AP)

Swedish police and emergency workers arrive at the US embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, to investigate a suspicious package. (Scanpix Sweden, Claudio Bresciani/ AP)

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Stockholm - The staff of the US embassy in the Swedish capital have evacuated the building after a suspect letter was found and police are investigating, police and the embassy said on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the fire service said she had been told by police that a white powder had leaked out in the building, but neither she nor the police had further details.

Spokesperson Jeff Anderson said essential staff had left the building while police investigated.

"We are looking into a possible security incident," he added. About 150 people were employed at the embassy, but not all were working at the time of the incident, he added.

Stockholm police said in a statement on its website that a letter with unknown content had come to the embassy.

Police and fire service staff had gone into the embassy to take charge of the letter, a police spokesperson said.

"Rescue service and police personnel are on the spot and are co-operating with embassy staff," the statement added.

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