Explosive Device Defused at Christmas Market in Germany

Lucy Hill
December 2, 2017

Police have now confirmed that the explosive device has now been defused.

The newspaper said police were alerted at about 2.30pm local time (1.30pm GMT) after an employee opened the package at the pharmacy and saw suspicious wires and electronics inside.

Streets in the area were closed off as the 40-by-50-centimeter device was destroyed in a controlled explosion. Police were called and the area was evacuated. It is not known who was behind the package.

German police on Friday secured a device full of wires and nails found near an outdoor Christmas market in the city of Potsdam, but could not establish whether it had contained explosives.

There were no injuries reported in the evacuation or demolition of the package, which authorities said did not appear to include a fuse or other parts for a detonation.

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The 350-pound (about 160-kilogram) gingerbread house this year offers a view of the White House from the south. A separate tree near the East Wing entrance is dedicated to families that lost loved ones in the military.

Brandenburg state's top security official, Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter, said it also held a large firecracker without a fuse, Germany's dpa news agency reported on Friday night.

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

Previous year a Christmas market in Berlin itself was attacked, killing a total of 12 people.

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

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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