Potsdam Christmas market evacuated after bomb is found in German city

02 December, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Police close the streets around a Christmas market after a suspicious object was found in Potsdam eastern Germany Friday Dec. 1 2017

German police have evacuated a Christmas market in the city of Potsdam following reports about an explosive device planted nearby.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the suspicious package.

Karl-Heinz Schroeter, interior minister of the state of Brandenburg, which surrounds Berlin, said the area would remain shut while police searched with sniffer dogs for any other similar packages. A bomb disposal unit is now examining the suspicious package, the police said.

The package was made safe by special forces but several hours later police said that no ignition mechanism had been found.

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Local newspaper Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten reported the device had wires protruding from it.

Meyritz wasn't immediately available to provide further details, but told the newspaper that the package measured about 40 centimeters by 50 centimeters (16 inches by 20 inches) and was apparently delivered by a messenger service.

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. "If it was really explosive or if it was a fake or a dummy, we will only know through further investigation".

The development comes almost one year after 11 people were killed when a Tunisian Islamist hijacked a truck, killed its driver then rammed the vehicle into a Christmas market. 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.

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