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Explosive device defused in German city of Potsdam

02 December 2017

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

There were no injuries reported in the evacuation or demolition of the package, which authorities said did not appear to include a fuse or other parts for a detonation.

Police said the "unconventional explosive device" contained no detonator and was incapable of exploding. Police were called and the area was evacuated.

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Brandenburg state Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter told reporters the powder will be analyzed.

The incident takes on special significance in light of last year's deadly terror attack on a Christmas market in a wealthy shopping area of Berlin.

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The Brandenburg Police Department, which covers Potsdam, posted a tweet saying the device was an IED. It lies about 40 kilometers southwest of Berlin.

Explosive device defused in German city of Potsdam