Street blockade lifted after security scare at US Consulate in Zurich
A United States consular office in the Swiss financial capital Zurich was evacuated after the discovery of a suspicious package Monday. Police at the scene later confirmed the object was ‘harmless.’
Staff found a suspicious package in the entrance Monday, newspaper Blick reports.
“For the SWAT team” was written on the outside of the package, according to staff who spoke to the newspaper. The package also reportedly contained anti-American messages and a phone number.
Grosseinsatz in Zürich: Das US-Konsulat an der Dufourstrasse ist evakuiert worden. Ein verdächtiger Gegenstand im Eingangbereich habe den Einsatz der Polizei ausgelöst. https://t.co/p8Bj0bHd14 ^mh pic.twitter.com/zu7LanBTZX— SRF News (@srfnews) November 20, 2017
The street was blocked off for a time as a forensic team assessed the situation, but has since been reopened.
The U.S. Embassy in Bern has told RT.com that, while the situation is now under control, the Zurich office will remain closed Monday as a result of the incident.