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

Marcus Newton
December 2, 2017

According to reports, the suspicious package is reportedly 20 inches long and 16 inches wide and "has wires inside".

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

Police tweeted to say "no ignition device" had been found.

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. It is not known who was behind the package.

Visitors were evacuated Friday from a Christmas market in Potsdam, Germany so that a bomb squad could detonate a suspicious package discovered near the popular attraction.

Later in the day, police said the cylindrical object contained nails, wires and batteries but no detonator.

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"We are now carrying out searches because the package was delivered, apparently, and possibly other packages had been delivered nearby the Christmas market".

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

Last December, 12 people were killed and 56 injured when a lorry was driven through a Christmas market in Berlin.

On Dec. 21 previous year, a truck driven by a Tunisian Islamist rammed into a Christmas market near Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in downtown Berlin, killing 12 people.

The attack killed 11 at the scene; Amri also killed the driver of the stolen truck and was later shot dead in a gunfight with police in Italy.

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