Evacuation after bomb scare at German Christmas market

A suspicious package unleashes the alert in a Christmas market in Potsdam

A suspicious package unleashes the alert in a Christmas market in Potsdam

Police tweeted to say "no ignition device" had been found.

At first, Brandenburg state police reported on Twitter that re was "confirmed" suspicion that it was an explosive device.

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

Karl-Heinz Schroeter, interior minister of the state of Brandenburg, which surrounds Berlin, said the area would remain shut while police searched with sniffer dogs for any other similar packages.

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. It is not known who was behind the package.

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

Police in Potsdam, just outside Berlin, said they were alerted to a suspicious package, which after investigation they believe was a bomb.

He told reporters: "There were apparently not only nails but also powder in the canister, and that must be investigated, could it be plaster, or something that doesn't explode or is it something explosive?"

A year ago a Christmas market in Berlin itself was attacked, killing a total of 12 people.

A failed Tunisian asylum seeker drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin in December 2016, killing 12 people and injuring another 56. The suspect, Anis Amri, was killed later in a shootout with police in Italy.

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