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Christmas Market In Germany Evacuated After IED Found Nearby

02 December, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Police vehicles parked near the Christmas market in Potsdam after a suspicious object prompted its evacuation.-AFP

The country has about 2,600 such markets, filled with sparkling Christmas trees and wooden stalls serving candied nuts, sausages, mulled wine and handicrafts.

As German authorities brace for another possible attack, the popular Christmas market in Potsdam was evacuated after a suspicious package containing wires and electronics.

Police in the city of Potsdam said the package did not appear to include any parts for detonation, but wires and a firecracker without a fuse were found inside the cylindrical object.

The device was sent to a pharmacy in the city, which is south-west of Berlin.

The object was reportedly planted on a children's carousel located at the Christmas market, local media report.

They later said that their officers had defused the explosive.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the suspicious package. Nobody has been reported as hurt or injured.

The Reuters agency cited the Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten newspaper, which described the package as 40 cm (15.75 inches) by 50 cm large. The affected area in the inner-city of Potsdam has been evacuated.

The package, deposited outside a drugstore, was rendered harmless by police on Friday, according to a tweet from police in Brandenburg, the state of which Potsdam is the capital. "Please pay attention to our loudspeaker announcements".

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