Suspicious envelope found at 6th U.N. mission

NEW YORK  — A sixth U.N. mission in New York has received an envelope filled with a suspicious white powder, Reuters reported Nov. 11.

The envelope was found in the early morning hours at the Russian mission in Manhattan.

The Austrian, British, French, German and Uzbek missions have also received envelopes. Roughly 40 individuals have been treated for possible exposure as a cautionary measure.

The material sent to the missions of Austria, France and Uzbekistan has been found to be flour, according to a New York Police Department spokesman. The powder received by the other three offices was still being analyzed Nov. 11.

Preliminary tests of the powder found at the Russia office showed it to be innocuous, police said. Authorities decontaminated the area, located in the Upper East Side, to be on the safe side, the New York Post reported.

Each of the six envelopes was sent from a mail center in Dallas, police said. Reports indicated that notes in the envelopes made reference to al-Qaida and the FBI.

Police were dispatched to the Lithuanian Consulate early Nov. 11 after receiving a call about another suspicious envelope. That, however, was found to be a false alarm.

In 2001, five people were killed after they were exposed to anthrax sent through the mail. There have been a large number of powder hoaxes in the years since, keeping authorities on alert.