German Christmas market evacuated after suspicious package delivered

German Christmas market evacuated after suspicious package delivered

German Christmas market evacuated after suspicious package delivered

The police evacuated and cordoned off the immediate area and said they're still assessing the contents of the defused package.

Streets in the area were closed off as the 40-by-50-centimeter device was destroyed in a controlled explosion.

Following large-scale raids in four German cities on November 21 that resulted in the arrest of six Syrian nationals, a German intelligence officer initially told CNN that the arrests uncovered a possible terror plot on a Christmas market in Germany.

Police are "currently deployed to central Potsdam because a suspicious package [was found there]", the local police department said in a Twitter post. It is not known who was behind the package.

It was not immediately clear what became of the device, which German media say was delivered to a pharmacy, beyond the fact that it had not exploded or hurt anybody.

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

A suspicious package has unleashed alert in a Christmas market in Potsdam, west of Berlin.

On December 19, 2016, a hijacked truck driven by a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia went off the road and into the market held near a historic church on the Kurfurstendamm shopping avenue.

The Potsdam evacuation of the market and local homes comes a year after a market attack in Berlin left 12 dead. The suspect later died in a shootout with police in Italy.

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