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A suspicious package unleashes the alert in a Christmas market in Potsdam

Police have disabled a possible explosive device after evacuating a large area of the German city

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A suspicious package unleashes the alert in a Christmas market in Potsdam

A suspicious package has unleashed alert in a Christmas market in Potsdam, west of Berlin. The security officers have ordered evacuation of area after detecting presence of a possible explosive device and subsequently proceeded to deactivate it. At first, Brandenburg state police reported on Twitter that re was "confirmed" suspicion that it was an explosive device. Hours later, however, Interior minister of Brandenburg, Karl-Heinz Schroeter, reported that y had found nails inside a suspect metal container as well as a white powder, but that y should still determine if re were also explosive substances. The police pointed out that it was a cylindrical object with cables, nails and batteries, but had not found any detonators.

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A year ago, a terrorist wrecked a truck one of Berlin markets and killed 12 people. The attacker, Tunisian with Islamist ties, was gunned down by Italian police days later in Milan. This year, security at Germany's Christmas posts has been reinforced.

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. The area was off and agents asked neighbors to stay in ir homes. Around five o'clock in afternoon, Brandenburg police reported that artifact had been deactivated.

EIL Die kontrollierte Entschärfung des Verdächtigen Gegenstandes ist erfolgt! potsdam 0112pdm

— PolizeiBrandenburg_E (@PolizeiBB_E) December 1, 2017

The number of police officers and private guards has multiplied in Christmas markets, which opened last week in Germany. Security has also been reinforced with concrete blocks and or physical elements to prevent heavy vehicles from breaking into flea market.

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