Police in Potsdam, Germany evacuate Christmas market, investigate suspicious object

Police in Potsdam, Germany evacuate Christmas market, investigate suspicious object

Police in Potsdam, Germany evacuate Christmas market, investigate suspicious object

POLICE have evacuated a Christmas market in Germany after a bomb was delivered to nearby pharmacy, nearly a year after a deadly terrorist attack on a similar target. The country has about 2,600 such markets, filled with sparkling Christmas trees and wooden stalls serving candied nuts, sausages, mulled wine and handicrafts.

Karl-Heinz Schroeter, interior minister of the state of Brandenburg, which surrounds Berlin, said the area would remain shut while police searched with sniffer dogs for any other similar packages.

The device was defused in a controlled explosion.

German police have said a package containing nails, wires, batteries, fireworks and powder found near a Christmas market in the eastern German city of Potsdam near Berlin did not contain an ignition device.

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They added that no injuries were reported in the incident on Friday afternoon, and that it was too soon to say who may have been responsible.

A map showing the location of Potsdam.

The police said earlier on Twitter that "the suspicion of an improvised explosive device has been confirmed".

Potsdam is the capital and largest city of the German federal state of Brandenburg. Police were called and the area was evacuated. "Please pay attention to our loudspeaker announcements".

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