Police evacuate Potsdam Christmas Market goers in Germany after finding suspicious device

Police evacuate Potsdam Christmas Market goers in Germany after finding suspicious device

Police evacuate Potsdam Christmas Market goers in Germany after finding suspicious device

Center of Potsdam evacuated after suspicious package found.

Local officers had already cordoned off the area around the suspicious object and requested assistance of specialist officers, the statement added. A bomb disposal unit is now examining the suspicious package, the police said.

Brandenburg state's top security official, Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter, said it also held a large firecracker without a fuse, Germany's dpa news agency reported on Friday night.

The police evacuated and cordoned off the immediate area and said they're still assessing the contents of the defused package. It didn't appear to have a detonator, police tweeted, suggesting the device was a "dummy" or assembled improperly, according to German media Deutsche Welle.

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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.

Police are beefing up their presence at Christmas markets across Germany.

The development comes almost one year after 11 people were killed when a Tunisian Islamist hijacked a truck, killed its driver then rammed the vehicle into a Christmas market.

In that case, a Tunisian man hijacked a truck and drove it into a crowded market, killing 12 people in an attack that was later claimed by the Islamic State group. The suspect later died in a shootout with police in Italy.

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