Suspicious package found at German market

Police at the scene

A local report said the suspicious package was delivered Friday to a pharmacy near a Christmas market.

Later in the day, police said the cylindrical object contained nails, wires and batteries but no detonator. Potsdam police said it was too soon who may have been responsible.

Police were notified about the package after it was delivered to a pharmacy on the same street as the market at around 2:30 p.m. No additional details were immediately available.

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

Brandenburg state Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schröter told reporters a powder found in the device is undergoing tests to determine whether it was explosive.




German police found a bomb near a Christmas market in the city of Potsdam on Friday and evacuated the area before defusing the device.

"The investigations are still just beginning", Schröter said, adding that the powder might be a fake created to look like a bomb. "If it was really explosive or if it was a fake or a dummy, we will only know through further investigation".

In December 2016, 12 people were killed at a Christmas market in Berlin - just 18 miles from Potsdam - when a lorry was hijacked and driven into crowds in an attack which was later claimed by so-called Islamic State.

The attack killed 11 at the scene; Amri also killed the driver of the stolen truck and was later shot dead in a gunfight with police in Italy.

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