Christmas Market In Germany Evacuated After IED Found Nearby

Alicia Cross
December 2, 2017

The Reuters agency cited the Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten newspaper, which said the package was around 40 cm by 50 cm and contained wires and electronics.

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".

He said police defused the device about three hours later.

But later they added that they were not sure whether it was a genuine explosive device or a dummy.

An employee working in a local pharmacy was the first to report the suspicious package to the police.

On this occasion, package with alleged explosive had been deposited next to a pharmacy near traditional Christmas market in Potsdam and was discovered around 14.30, police said.

Police close the streets around a Christmas market after a suspicious object was found in Potsdam eastern Germany

Schroeter told reporters at the scene earlier that nails and a powder were inside the parcel.

A suspicious package has unleashed alert in a Christmas market in Potsdam, west of Berlin.

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. "That's why we are only at the beginning of our job".

Police in Germany are taking extra precautions this year, following the attack on Berlin's Christmas market last year.

On December 19th, 2016, a failed Tunisian asylum seeker and Islamic State sympathiser, Anis Amri (24), stole an articulated lorry and ploughed into booths in the market.

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