German Christmas market evacuated after suspicious package found

02 December, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • A security perimeter was set up after a suspicious object prompted the evacuation of a Christmas market in Potsdam

A package found at a Christmas market in the German city of Potsdam has been confirmed as a nail bomb, local police said. Potsdam police said it was too soon who may have been responsible.

The package was made safe by special forces but several hours later police said that no ignition mechanism had been found.

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.

Brandenburg state Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter told reporters the powder will be analyzed.

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

German police have destroyed a suspected improvised explosive device in Potsdam, a small city on the outskirts of the nation's capital, Berlin. "If it was really explosive or if it was a fake or a dummy, we will only know through further investigation".

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

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.

The attack killed 11 at the scene; Amri also killed the driver of the stolen truck and was later shot dead in a gunfight with police in Italy.




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