Potsdam Christmas market evacuated after bomb is found in German city

02 December, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Irene Delgado
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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.

The object was reportedly planted on a children's carousel located at the Christmas market, local media report. They later tweeted that the device had been defused.

Police have evacuated a Christmas market and the surrounding area in the German city of Potsdam, near Berlin, Germany, December 1, 2017, to investigate a suspicious object. The affected area in the inner-city of Potsdam has been evacuated.

Brandenburg state Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schröter told reporters a powder found in the device is undergoing tests to determine whether it was explosive. The incident left 12 people dead and dozens more injured.

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

The package was dropped off by a messenger service in the afternoon at a chemist in the Brandenburg state capital just as crowds were gathering at the nearby Christmas market.

On Dec. 21 past year, a truck driven by a Tunisian Islamist rammed into a Christmas market near Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in downtown Berlin, killing 12 people. It lies about 40 kilometers southwest of Berlin.

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