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

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As German authorities brace for another possible attack, the popular Christmas market in Potsdam was evacuated after a suspicious package containing wires and electronics.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the suspicious package. A bomb disposal unit is now examining the suspicious package, the police said.

Police were alerted at about 2:30 p.m. (1330 GMT; 8:30 a.m. EST) after the package was delivered to a pharmacy on the same street as the Christmas market, police spokesman Peter Meyritz told the Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten newspaper. The object was reportedly planted on a children's carousel located at the Christmas market, local media report, citing unnamed witnesses. Wires and other items that aroused suspicion were found inside, he said. No additional details were immediately available.

Armed police are on the scene in Potsdam, Germany, after the suspected device was found by police. "If it was really explosive or if it was a fake or a dummy, we will only know through further investigation".

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.

A temporary memorial to the victims of last year's attack is set to be replaced by a permanent one on December 19, at the historic Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on the site of the market that was attacked.

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