Germany: Suspicious parcel held nails, powder, firecracker

02 December, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Police close the streets around a Christmas market after a suspicious object was found in Potsdam eastern Germany Friday Dec. 1 2017

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.

Armed police are on the scene in Potsdam, Germany, after the suspected device was found by police.

Visitors were evacuated Friday from a Christmas market in Potsdam, Germany so that a bomb squad could detonate a suspicious package discovered near the popular attraction.

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According to the Potsdamer Latest News, the package, measuring 40 x 50 inches, was delivered to a pharmacy and found by an employee.

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".

Police in the area posted a tweet saying that their "IED suspicion was confirmed".

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The device was defused in a controlled explosion.

Germany is on high alert for militant attacks, almost a year after a Tunisian Islamist rammed a hijacked truck into a Christmas market in central Berlin, killing 11 people as well as the driver.

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.

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Security has been stepped up at all markets across Germany ahead of that anniversary, and the looming first Advent weekend.

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