Potsdam bomb alert: Object containing explosives under investigation by German police

Potsdam Christmas market was evacuated after police found a homemade bomb

Police patrol the area after an explosive was found near a Christmas market in Potsdam Germany.

A package found at a Christmas market in the German city of Potsdam has been confirmed as a nail bomb, local police said.

He told reporters that several hundred grams of nails had been found in a metal cylinder inside the package, but added: "We just don't know at this point if this was a device that could have actually exploded, or a fake, or a test".

It was not immediately clear what became of the device, which German media say was delivered to a pharmacy, beyond the fact that it had not exploded or hurt anybody.

Brandenburg state police said they inspected the package and confirmed that it was a possible IED that was successfully defused.

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"The investigations are still just beginning", Schröter said, adding that the powder might be a fake created to look like a bomb.

On December 19th, 2016, a failed Tunisian asylum seeker and Islamic State sympathiser, Anis Amri (24), stole an articulated lorry and ploughed into booths in the market.

The Foreign Office has recently issued a warning to visitors to popular European Christmas markets to expect heightened security at festive events this year.

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

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