Patrols at Potsdam Christmas market after bomb scare

Patrols at Potsdam Christmas market after bomb scare
By Euronews

Police are still trying to figure out who delivered a package full of wires and nails to a pharmacy on the same street as the outdoor market.

The Potsdam Christmas market is full of shoppers once again. Security has been stepped up following a bomb scare on Friday (Dec.1), but people are putting on a brave face.

"If we all show we're afraid then they've achieved their goal. We don't want that, so here we are, to show we're strong,” one woman said.

Investigators are still hunting for clues about who made and placed a device full of wires and nails outside a pharmacy on the same street as the Christmas market.

Police said on Saturday it remained unclear who the package was destined for but that it was rather “unlikely” the Christmas market was the target.

Germany is on high alert for militant attacks, nearly a year after a Tunisian Islamist rammed a hijacked truck into a Christmas market in central Berlin, killing 11 people as well as the driver, and injuring dozens more.

A large area of Potsdam's old town centre was evacuated on Friday, while police investigated the package. They said X-rays had shown wires, nails and batteries inside the package, but that no detonator had been found.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said on Monday that the markets remained a potential target for radical Islamists.

"The danger in Europe and thus in Germany as well continues to be high," he said.

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