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Potsdam police find explosives near Christmas market

Police officers evacuate the streets around a Christmas market in Potsdam, eastern Germany, on December 1, 2017Image copyright
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Police in the German city of Potsdam say they have found an explosive device next to a Christmas market.

The device was sent to a pharmacy in the city south-west of Berlin, and was found to have wires protruding from it.

Police said they later found explosives inside, before they conducted a controlled detonation of the device.

Last December, 12 people were killed when an Islamist attacker hijacked a lorry and drove it through a Christmas market in Berlin.

More than 2,600 Christmas markets opened across Germany on Monday, and bring in an estimated £2bn (€1.7bn; $2.7bn) of business a year.

The Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten newspaper said the incident took place at a market near Brandenburgerstrasse in the centre of Potsdam, which has a number of other Christmas markets.

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