German Christmas market evacuated after suspicious package found

02 December, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Police at the Christmas market in Essen in Germany

Visitors were evacuated Friday from a Christmas market in Potsdam, Germany so that a bomb squad could detonate a suspicious package discovered near the popular attraction.

The package had been delivered to a pharmacy, German media reported.

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.

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The newspaper reportedly said police were alerted around 2.30 p.m. local time when an employee opened the package and found wires and electronics inside.

What was found in the suspicious package?

Police confirmed the device was an IED, and evacuated the area.

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Police said later on Twitter that the package included "a cylindrical object with cables, batteries and nails but at this point no ignition device has been found".

Brandenburg state Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter told reporters the powder will be analyzed. On December 19, 2016, a hijacked truck driven by a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia went off the road and into the market held near a historic church on the Kurfurstendamm shopping avenue.

Security has been stepped up at all markets across Germany ahead of that anniversary, and the looming first Advent weekend. The suspect later died in a shootout with police in Italy.

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