German Police Destroy Package Containing Nails, Powder, Firecracker Found At Christmas Market

Potsdam police evacuated the market after a suspicious object was found

They later tweeted that the device had been defused.

German police have evacuated a Christmas market in the city of Potsdam following reports about an explosive device planted nearby.

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.

Police said the "unconventional explosive device" contained no detonator and was incapable of exploding.

The suspicious package was handed into a Potsdam pharmacy at about 2.30pm on Friday. The affected area in the inner-city of Potsdam has been evacuated.

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

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.

Police warn that there may be more such packages in the area. The incident left 12 people dead and dozens more injured.

The Foreign Office has recently issued a warning to visitors to popular European Christmas markets to expect heightened security at festive events this year.

Potsdam, a small but historic city, is the capital of Brandenburg state.

The country remains on high alert since the 2016 terror attack at a Christmas market in Berlin. It lies about 40 kilometers southwest of Berlin.

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