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Police find nail bomb at Christmas market in Germany's Potsdam

02 December, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • Potsdam police evacuated the market after a suspicious object was found

A German security official has since confirmed that the package contained "nails and a powder".

A controlled explosion was carried out on the suspicious package.

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

Police are "currently deployed to central Potsdam because a suspicious package was found there" the local police department said in a Twitter.

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.

Brandenburg state's top security official, Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter, said it also held a large firecracker without a fuse, Germany's dpa news agency reported on Friday night.

The police were called around 2.30pm local time on Friday
Image The police were called around 2.30pm local time on Friday

Potsdam police said they cleared the area around where the object was found and were investigating.

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

The scene at Potsdam's Christmas market, which was evacuated on Friday.

The package was dropped off by a messenger service in the afternoon at a chemist in the Brandenburg state capital just as crowds were gathering at the nearby Christmas market.

Germany is on high alert for militant attacks, almost a year after a Tunisian Islamist rammed a hijacked truck into a Christmas market in central Berlin, killing 11 people as well as the driver.

A failed Tunisian asylum seeker drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin in December 2016, killing 12 people and injuring another 56.

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