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Evacuation after bomb scare at German Christmas market

A Christmas market in Germany has been evacuated after the discovery of a suspected explosive device.

Potsdam police said they cleared the area around where the object was found and were investigating.

The device was defused at 5.30pm local time (4.30pm GMT), after police were called three hours before.

On Twitter police said: “Suspicions of an unconventional explosive device have been confirmed.”

But later they added that they were not sure whether it was a genuine explosive device or a dummy.

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

Police tweeted to say “no ignition device” had been found. It is not known who was behind the package.

According to the Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten newspaper, the package was delivered to a local pharmacy, where it was opened and an employee found it was stuffed with wires.

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

Police at the scene where an investigation continues
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Police at the scene where an investigation continues

Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter said the powder would be analysed to determine if it was genuine or a dummy.

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?

“We are now carrying out searches because the package was delivered, apparently, and possibly other packages had been delivered nearby the Christmas market. That’s why we are only at the beginning of our job.”

Market organiser Peter Klemm told NTV: “It’s not easy when you’re on the scene, we’re shocked.

“But the people here understand what’s going on and take the measures very seriously.”

The package was reported to measure 40cm by 50cm and contained wires and electronics.

Police are on high alert after the terror incident in Berlin last Christmas
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Police are on high alert after the terror incident in Berlin last Christmas

However, police warned of speculation on Twitter and told people to avoid “premature conclusions”.

Police in Germany are taking extra precautions this year, following the attack on Berlin’s Christmas market last year.

An Islamic extremist killed 12 people when he drove a truck into crowds.

The police diffused the package around 5.30pm local time
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The police diffused the package around 5.30pm local time

Anis Amri, fled to Italy after the 19 December attack and died in a shootout with police near Milan four days later.

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