Explosive Device Defused at Christmas Market in Germany

Explosive Device Defused at Christmas Market in Germany

Police patrol the area after an explosive was found near a Christmas market in Potsdam Germany.

A Christmas market in Potsdam, Germany was evacuated after an explosive device was planted nearby.

Police also closed several roads adjacent to the area, German media report.

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An employee working in a local pharmacy was the first to report the suspicious package to the police.

The controlled defusing of the suspicious object was later successfully conducted by the special forces of the German Federal Police in Berlin and Brandenburg.

Police said later on Twitter that the package included "a cylindrical object with cables, batteries and nails but at this point no ignition device has been found".

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"The evaluation and analysis is just beginning now", Schroeter said.

On December 19th, 2016, a failed Tunisian asylum seeker and Islamic State sympathiser, Anis Amri (24), stole an articulated lorry and ploughed into booths in the market.

Police are beefing up their presence at Christmas markets across Germany.

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Germany is on high alert for potential terrorist attacks almost a year after a Tunisian Islamist hijacked a truck, killed its driver, and rammed the vehicle into a Christmas market in nearby Berlin, killing 11 more people there. 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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