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Christmas market EVACUATED as 'bomb found' - armed police on scene

Christmas market EVACUATED as 'bomb found' - armed police on scene

Police also closed several roads adjacent to the area, German media report.

Police confirmed the device was an IED, and evacuated the area.

Police are "currently deployed to central Potsdam because a suspicious package was found there" the local police department said in a Twitter.

POLICE have evacuated a Christmas market in Germany after a bomb was delivered to nearby pharmacy, nearly a year after a deadly terrorist attack on a similar target.

The package contained nails, powder and a firecracker, but it's not clear if it was a functioning explosive device.

Brandenburg state Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schröter told reporters a powder found in the device is undergoing tests to determine whether it was explosive.

Past year on December 19, suspect Anis Amri of Tunisia drove a hijacked truck through crowds of people killing 11 and injuring dozens, Deutsche Welle reported. The incident left 12 people dead and dozens more injured.

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

The country remains on high alert since the 2016 terror attack at a Christmas market in Berlin.

Potsdam is the capital and largest city of the German federal state of Brandenburg.