Friday, 1 December 2017

Potsdam Christmas market evacuated as device found, Police says

Police in the German city of Potsdam are investigating a device filled with nails found next to a Christmas market.

The device, that also held batteries and wires, was sent to a pharmacy in the city south-west of Berlin.

Police initially said there were explosives inside, but then clarified there was no detonator.

Germany is on a heightened terror alert, a year after 12 people died in an Islamist attack at a Berlin Christmas market.

The device was found near Brandenburgerstrasse in the centre of Potsdam, which has a number of other Christmas markets.
A police spokesman said an X-ray scan was conducted on the device, which found that it had nails inside. It was then made safe.

The Interior Minister for Brandenburg, Karl-Heinz Schröter, said police were searching the area in case more devices were sent.

"We just don't know at this point if this was a device that could have actually exploded, or a fake, or a test," he said.

BBC          News.