Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

German Police Destroy Package Containing Nails, Powder, Firecracker Found At Christmas Market

German Police Destroy Package Containing Nails, Powder, Firecracker Found At Christmas Market

Authorities on Friday defused an explosive device found near an outdoor Christmas market in the German city of Potsdam, near Berlin, Reuters reported.

Brandenburg police spokesman Thorsten Herbst said a suspicious package was delivered to a pharmacy in Potsdam.

The object was reportedly planted on a children's carousel located at the Christmas market, local media report. Police said the "unconventional explosive device" contained no detonator and was incapable of exploding.

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"At this point no ignition device has been found", they said.

Police in Potsdam, just outside Berlin, said they were alerted to a suspicious package, which after investigation they believe was a bomb.

He told reporters: "There were apparently not only nails but also powder in the canister, and that must be investigated, could it be plaster, or something that doesn't explode or is it something explosive?"

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The German intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, further claimed the suspects had been carrying out target reconnaissance of the areas in which Christmas markets in Essen, Germany, would be held. "That's why we are only at the beginning of our job".

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Germany is on high alert for potential terrorist attacks after last year's deadly attack on a Christmas market in Berlin. The suspect, Anis Amri, fled to Italy after the December 19 attack and died in a shootout with police near Milan on December 23, 2016.

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