Police evacuate Potsdam Christmas Market goers in Germany after finding suspicious device

Germany is on high alert after last year's attack on a Christmas market in Berlin

A German Christmas market has been evacuated after a suspicious package containing nails and an unidentified power was delivered to a pharmacy close by.

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

In Potsdam, police said a suspicious object had been delivered to a pharmacy.

POLICE have evacuated a Christmas market in Germany after a bomb was delivered to nearby pharmacy, nearly a year after a deadly terrorist attack on a similar target. Reports said the package contained nails and some kind of powder.

Brandenburg state's top security official, Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter, said it also held a large firecracker without a fuse, Germany's dpa news agency reported on Friday night.

But later they added that they were not sure whether it was a genuine explosive device or a dummy.

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Market organiser Peter Klemm told NTV: "It's not easy when you're on the scene, we're shocked".

Local newspaper Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten reported the device had wires protruding from it.

Police warn that there may be more such packages in the area.

An Islamic extremist killed 12 people when he drove a truck into crowds.

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. The suspect, Anis Amri, was killed later in a shootout with police in Italy.

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