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Police in Potsdam, Germany evacuate Christmas market, investigate suspicious object

02 December 2017

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.

The object was reportedly planted on a children's carousel located at the Christmas market, local media report.

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Police said later on Twitter that the package included "a cylindrical object with cables, batteries and nails but at this point no ignition device has been found".

On Monday, the Berlin market reopened on Breitscheidplatz, a large traffic island in the western city centre, behind a wall of two-metre long, 500kg concrete barriers.

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A Christmas market in Germany has been evacuated after authorities found what they described as an improvised explosive device.

The German interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, this week said Germany had increased information-sharing between state and federal officials and taken other steps to increase security after a series of missteps on the Berlin case.

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"The Christmas markets are part of our lives and our culture", he said. 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 suspect, Anis Amri, fled to Italy after the December 19 attack and died in a shootout with police near Milan on December 23, 2016.

Police in Potsdam, Germany evacuate Christmas market, investigate suspicious object