Germany Christmas Market Evacuated: Police Confirm Explosive Device Found

A police officer armed with a machine pistol patrols at the Christmas market in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany on November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Boris Roessler / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read BORIS ROESSLER/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Christmas Market in Potsdam, Germany, has been evacuated by police after a package was found with wires sticking out of it by an employee of a nearby pharmacy.

Police say that the object appears to be a homemade package measuring 40 by 50 centimetres and have now confirmed in a Tweet that it is an explosive device, using the term ‘USBV’, the German term analagous to ‘IED’. The package is said to have been addressed to the pharmacy which is in the vicinity of the Christmas market, Potsdamer Neuesten Nachrichten reports.

Update 11:50 EST: Police have confirmed the explosive device has been deactivated.

Brandenburg police wrote on Twitter that special forces from the German Federal police had arrived on the scene to deal with the bomb.

According to a police spokesman, they had received no prior warning or threat against the Potsdam Christmas market.

Germany has been increasingly vigilant against potential terror attacks on Christmas markets after failed Tunisian asylum seeker Anis Amri drove a truck through the Berlin Christmas market last year killing twelve people and injuring close to a hundred others.

Last year a bombing was also attempted at a Christmas market in the town of Ludwigshafen in the Rhineland-Palatinate region when a twelve-year-old boy attempted but failed to explode a homemade bomb.

 

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