Potsdam Christmas market evacuated after bomb is found in German city

Potsdam Christmas market evacuated after bomb is found in German city

There were no injuries reported in the evacuation or demolition of the package, which authorities said did not appear to include a fuse or other parts for a detonation.

Police are "currently deployed to central Potsdam because a suspicious package [was found there]", the local police department said in a Twitter post.

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

Brandenburg state police said they inspected the package and confirmed that it was a possible IED that was successfully defused.

They later said that their officers had defused the explosive.

A German Christmas market has been evacuated after a suspicious package containing nails and an unidentified power was delivered to a pharmacy close by.


Schroeter told reporters at the scene earlier that nails and a powder were inside the parcel.

Police patrol the area after an explosive was found near a Christmas market in Potsdam Germany. "That's why we are only at the beginning of our job".

"But the people here understand what's going on and take the measures very seriously".

Police warn that there may be more such packages in the area.

On December 19, 2016, a hijacked truck driven by a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia went off the road and into the market held near a historic church on the Kurfurstendamm shopping avenue.

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. The suspect later died in a shootout with police in Italy.

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