German police: Explosives found near Potsdam Christmas market

Police have responded to a suspicious package near a Christmas market in Potsdam, which lies on the outskirts of Berlin. Police later said that the package appeared to be an improvised explosive device (IED).
Police evacuated a Christmas market after discovering a suspicious package, which they later confirmed contained an explosive
Authorities in the German city of Potsdam evacuated a Christmas market to investigate a suspicious object, Brandenburg state police said in a tweet.
"The IED-suspicion has been confirmed," Brandenburg police tweeted. "The affected area in the city center must be cleared. Please pay attention to our announcements via loudspeaker."
The package had been delivered to a pharmacy near the market, reported the Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten newspaper. According to police, the explosive was successfully defused after special forces from the federal police arrived on the scene.
High terror alert
Last year, a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.
Since then, Germany has been on high alert for a possible terror attacks. As Christmas markets began opening across the country over the past week, police bolstered their presence, with authorities erecting car barriers and covering them in gift wrap.
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