Christmas market EVACUATED as 'bomb found' - armed police on scene

Christmas market EVACUATED as 'bomb found' - armed police on scene

As German authorities brace for another possible attack, the popular Christmas market in Potsdam was evacuated after a suspicious package containing wires and electronics.

The device has since been defused, police said.

Local officers had already cordoned off the area around the suspicious object and requested assistance of specialist officers, the statement added.

The package had been delivered to a pharmacy, German media reported. A bomb disposal unit is now examining the suspicious package, the police said.

The Reuters agency cited the Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten newspaper, which described the package as 40 cm (15.75 inches) by 50 cm large.

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

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Residents in the same street as the pharmacy were told to stay in the backs of their homes while the explosion on the package which measured around 16 inches by 20 inches (40cm by 50cm) was carried out.

"The evaluation and analysis is just beginning now", Schroeter said.

German authorities were already on high alert for an attack on one of the country's famous Christmas markets after 12 people were killed in Berlin past year.

Past year on December 19, suspect Anis Amri of Tunisia drove a hijacked truck through crowds of people killing 11 and injuring dozens, Deutsche Welle reported.

The attack killed 11 at the scene; Amri also killed the driver of the stolen truck and was later shot dead in a gunfight with police in Italy.

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