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

German police defuse device near Christmas market outside Berlin

German police have said a package containing nails, wires, batteries, fireworks and powder found near a Christmas market in the eastern German city of Potsdam near Berlin did not contain an ignition device.

It was not immediately clear what became of the device, which German media say was delivered to a pharmacy, beyond the fact that it had not exploded or hurt anybody. Potsdam police said it was too soon who may have been responsible.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the suspicious package.

The newspaper said police were alerted at about 2.30pm local time (1.30pm GMT) after an employee opened the package at the pharmacy and saw suspicious wires and electronics inside.

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Schroeter told reporters at the scene earlier that nails and a powder were inside the parcel.

The police evacuated and cordoned off the immediate area and said they're still assessing the contents of the defused package. "If it was really explosive or if it was a fake or a dummy, we will only know through further investigation".

Last December, 12 people were killed and 56 injured when a lorry was driven through a Christmas market in Berlin.

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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