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Potsdam Christmas market evacuated after bomb is found in German city

Potsdam Christmas market evacuated after bomb is found in German city

They later said that their officers had defused the explosive.

Police sealed off the inner-city area and evacuated the market as experts examined the contents of the package.

"The suspicion of an improvised explosive device has been confirmed", police said on Twitter.

Police confirmed the device was an IED, and evacuated the area. It is not known who was behind the package. The package had been delivered to a pharmacy, German media reported.

On this occasion, package with alleged explosive had been deposited next to a pharmacy near traditional Christmas market in Potsdam and was discovered around 14.30, police said.

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

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

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

On Dec. 21 a year ago, a truck driven by a Tunisian Islamist rammed into a Christmas market near Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in downtown Berlin, killing 12 people.

A temporary memorial to the victims of last year's attack is set to be replaced by a permanent one on December 19, at the historic Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on the site of the market that was attacked. 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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