Sunday, 17 December, 2017

German Christmas market evacuated after explosives found

BREAKING: Christmas market EVACUATED as 'bomb found' – armed police on scene Potsdam police find explosives near Christmas market
Jo Caldwell | 02 December, 2017, 00:28

He told reporters that several hundred grams of nails had been found in a metal cylinder inside the package, but added: "We just don't know at this point if this was a device that could have actually exploded, or a fake, or a test".

Police said on Twitter that the package had been confirmed to be an improvised explosive device and that it had been defused.

A robot using water jets was used to ensure the device was safe, officials said.

In Potsdam, police said a suspicious object had been delivered to a pharmacy.

Local media reports that the package was delivered to a pharmacy but was reported as suspicious when an employee found wires inside.

Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter said the powder would be analysed to determine if it was genuine or a dummy.

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Police sealed off the inner-city area and evacuated the market as experts examined the contents of the package.

Brandenburg police also said that the lockdown in the area near the Christmas market remains in place and that the investigation is still ongoing.

Previous year on December 19, suspect Anis Amri of Tunisia drove a hijacked truck through crowds of people killing 11 and injuring dozens, Deutsche Welle reported.

The number of police officers and private guards has multiplied in Christmas markets, which opened last week in Germany.

The suspect, Anis Amri, fled to Italy after the December 19 terror attack where he was killed in a shootout with police four days later.

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