Christmas market evacuated after improvised bomb was discovered in Potsdam, Germany

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“The suspicion of an improvised explosive device has been confirmed,” German police said on Twitter. The device was defused in a controlled explosion. However, even if the package contained a “cylindrical object with cables, batteries and nails,” no detonator had been found. Germany has been on high alert for possible jihadist attacks after last December’s deadly attack when a failed Tunisian asylum seeker drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin in December 2016, killing 12 people and injuring another 56.

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Christmas market in Potsdam

Germany has since been targeted again in attacks with radical Islamist motives. The ISIS also claimed responsibility for a number of attacks in 2016, including the murder of a teenager in Hamburg, a suicide bombing in the southern city of Ansbach that wounded 15, and an axe attack on a train in Bavaria that left five injured. Germany remains a target for jihadist groups, in particular because of its involvement in the coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. As a result of Friday’s incident, police in Potsdam said that they will bolster their presence at the Christmas market with extra officers from Germany’s rapid response and support division.

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