A German Christmas market was evacuated after police found an explosive device

  • A device was found just outside of Potsdam, just outside of Berlin.
  • German media said it was delivered to a pharmacy on Friday afternoon.
  • Police confirmed the device was an IED, and evacuated the area.
  • They later said that their officers had defused the explosive.

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

Police in Potsdam, just outside Berlin, said they were alerted to a suspicious package, which after investigation they believe was a bomb.

The device has since been defused, police said. Nobody has been reported as hurt or injured.

Berlin potsdam mapGoogle Maps/Business InsiderA map showing the location of Potsdam.

The Reuters agency cited the Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten newspaper, which said the package was around 40 cm by 50 cm and contained wires and electronics.

The Brandenburg Police Department, which covers Potsdam, posted a tweet saying the device was an IED.

Translated into English, the post says: “The suspicion of an IED has been confirmed. The affected area in the inner-city of Potsdam has been evacuated. Please pay attention to our loudspeaker announcements.”

Around half an hour later they sent a second message saying their officers had defused the device.

In English it says: “The controlled defusing of the suspicious object has been completed.”

Last year a Christmas market in Berlin itself was attacked, killing a total of 12 people.

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