Police find nail bomb at Christmas market in Germany's Potsdam

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

Police have evacuated a Christmas market and the surrounding area in the German city of Potsdam, near Berlin, Germany, December 1, 2017, to investigate a suspicious object.

He said police defused the device about three hours later.

"The suspicion of an improvised explosive device has been confirmed", police said on Twitter. It is not known who was behind the package.

German police evacuated a popular Christmas market in the city of Potsdam on Friday before destroying a suspicious package containing nails and an unidentified powder in a controlled explosion, officials said.

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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. "That's why we are only at the beginning of our job".

The package was reported to measure 40cm by 50cm and contained wires and electronics.

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

The German authorities have been on high security alert this week for the opening on the nation's Christmas markets 12 months after a Tunisian man ploughed a truck into a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 56.

The suspect, Anis Amri, fled to Italy after the December 19 terror attack where he was killed in a shootout with police four days later.

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