Potsdam bomb alert: Object containing explosives under investigation by German police

  • Potsdam bomb alert: Object containing explosives under investigation by German police

Potsdam bomb alert: Object containing explosives under investigation by German police

According to reports, the suspicious package is reportedly 20 inches long and 16 inches wide and "has wires inside". They later tweeted that the device had been defused.

"The suspicion of an improvised explosive device has been confirmed", police said on Twitter.

A Christmas market in Potsdam, Germany was evacuated after an explosive device was planted nearby. It is not known who was behind the package.

German police in Potsdam, near Berlin, defused a suspected incendiary or explosive package found in a street close to the city's newly-opened Christmas market.

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.

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

Market organiser Peter Klemm told NTV: "It's not easy when you're on the scene, we're shocked".

Police warn that there may be more such packages in the area.

A failed Tunisian asylum seeker drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin in December 2016, killing 12 people and injuring another 56.

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.

Anis Amri, fled to Italy after the 19 December attack and died in a shootout with police near Milan four days later.