Germany: Bomb filled with nails near Christmas market could be ‘one of many’

A bomb filled with hundreds of nails discovered close to a Christmas market in the city of Potsdam, may not have been the only explosive, investigators have said.

A probe is underway after the device was found in the city of Potsdam, nearly a year after a terrorist drove a truck into shoppers at a similar market in Berlin, murdering 12 people.

Karl-Heinz Schroeter, interior minister of the state of Brandenburg, said the area would remain shut for now while police investigated whether any other similar packages had been delivered.

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“We are in the process of continuing our investigation … It’s possible that additional packages were delivered here in the vicinity of the Christmas market,” Schroeter told reporters.

“We want to ensure that no one is any danger.”

He told reporters that several hundred grams of nails were found in a metal cylinder in the package, but said it was unclear if the device included any actual explosives.

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“We just don’t know at this point if this was a device that could have actually exploded or a fake or a test,” Schroeter said.

Experts used a robot to defuse the device using high-powered streams of water, officials said.

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