Christmas Market In Germany Evacuated After IED Found Nearby

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Center of Potsdam evacuated after suspicious package found.

The package, delivered to a nearby pharmacy, contained a "cylindrical object with cables, batteries, and nails".

German police found a bomb near a Christmas market in the city of Potsdam on Friday and evacuated the area before defusing the device.

A device was found just outside of Potsdam, just outside of Berlin.

Police in the area posted a tweet saying that their "IED suspicion was confirmed".

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Christmas markets opened across Germany on Monday at the start of the holiday season, fortified with concrete barriers and security staff to protect shoppers.

Germany is on high alert for potential terrorist attacks almost a year after a Tunisian Islamist hijacked a truck, killed its driver, and rammed the vehicle into a Christmas market in nearby Berlin, killing 11 more people there.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said this week that Germany had increased information-sharing between federal and state officials and taken other steps to increase security after a series of missteps in the Berlin case.

Despite the show of calm, tensions are running high since last week when six men were arrested over an alleged plot to attack a market in the western city of Essen.

The attack killed 11 at the scene; Amri also killed the driver of the stolen truck and was later shot dead in a gunfight with police in Italy.

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