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

BREAKING: Christmas market EVACUATED as 'bomb found' – armed police on scene

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

They later said that their officers had defused the explosive.

Local media reports that the package was delivered to a pharmacy but was reported as suspicious when an employee found wires inside.

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

Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter said the powder would be analysed to determine if it was genuine or a dummy.

However, police warned of speculation on Twitter and told people to avoid "premature conclusions".

Brandenburg police also said that the lockdown in the area near the Christmas market remains in place and that the investigation is still ongoing.

On December 19th, 2016, a failed Tunisian asylum seeker and Islamic State sympathiser, Anis Amri (24), stole an articulated lorry and ploughed into booths in the market. The incident left 12 people dead and dozens more injured.

The German intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, further claimed the suspects had been carrying out target reconnaissance of the areas in which Christmas markets in Essen, Germany, would be held.

Potsdam, a small but historic city, is the capital of Brandenburg state.

Police in Germany are taking extra precautions this year, following the attack on Berlin's Christmas market last year. It lies about 40 kilometers southwest of Berlin.

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