Monday, 11 December, 2017

German Christmas market evacuated after explosives found

BREAKING: Christmas market EVACUATED as 'bomb found' – armed police on scene Potsdam police find explosives near Christmas market
Charlie Simmons | 02 December, 2017, 01:07

Germany has around 2,600 such markets, filled with sparkling Christmas trees and wooden stalls serving candied nuts, sausages, mulled wine and handicrafts.

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

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

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. It is situated on the River Havel, 15 miles southwest of Berlin's city center.

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Police described the contents of the package as a "cylindrical object with cables, batteries and nails", but no triggering device.

The Reuters agency cited the Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten newspaper, which said the package was around 40 cm by 50 cm and contained wires and electronics. Police were called and the area was evacuated.

The package, deposited outside a drugstore, was rendered harmless by police on Friday, according to a tweet from police in Brandenburg, the state of which Potsdam is the capital.

In English it says: "The controlled defusing of the suspicious object has been completed".

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