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German courts evacuated due to bomb threats

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A German court in the eastern city of Potsdam has been evacuated in Germany due to a bomb threat, police said on Friday.

Brandenburg police said in a tweet that the building had been searched and "has now been completely cleared".

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The Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reported that three courts in the cities of Kiel, Erfurt, and Magdeburg all received threats that had been sent by e-mail, adding that all three had been evacuated.

An e-mail sent to the Magdeburg court, in central Germany said that an "explosive device hidden in the courthouse would be detonated on 11 January", according to a press statement by police.

It added that a police dog was used to search the building and that the 40 employees were evacuated from the court.

Meanwhile, at a court in Bremen, in the north of the country, police reported that a suspicious letter with white powder had arrived at the local court.

Police said employees of the post office had opened the letter but found the substance was not dangerous.