German Christmas market evacuated after explosives found

02 December, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Lester Mason
  • 1 2017 shows police vehicles parked near the Christmas market in Potsdam | Christian P√∂rschmann  AFP via Getty Images

Police first reported that a suspicious package had been found in the area.

Streets in the area were closed off as the 40-by-50-centimeter device was destroyed in a controlled explosion.

Armed police are on the scene in Potsdam, Germany, after the suspected device was found by police.

He said police defused the device about three hours later. It is not known who was behind the package.

As German authorities brace for another possible attack, the popular Christmas market in Potsdam was evacuated after a suspicious package containing wires and electronics.

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Earlier, officers said special forces were examining the object, which was described by the Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten newspaper as a package measuring 40cm (15.75in) by 50cm that had been delivered to a pharmacy near the market.

"We are now carrying out searches because the package was delivered, apparently, and possibly other packages had been delivered nearby the Christmas market".

However, police warned of speculation on Twitter and told people to avoid "premature conclusions".

Last December, 12 people were killed and at least 48 were wounded when a tractor-trailer rammed into a crowd at a Christmas market filled with holiday shoppers in Berlin.

On Dec. 21 past year, a truck driven by a Tunisian Islamist rammed into a Christmas market near Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in downtown Berlin, killing 12 people. The suspect, Anis Amri, fled to Italy after the December 19 attack and died in a shootout with police near Milan on December 23, 2016.

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