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German 'nail bomb was NOT targeted at Christmas market'

The German Christmas market that was evacuated last night over a nail bomb scare was back up and running as normal today as police said it was 'unlikely' to have been a terrorist target.

Hundreds were rushed from the market in Postsdam near Berlin after a can with protruding wires was found near a pharmacy as police combed the area for other bombs.

Police investigating if the bomb was fake said they have not found a detonator but are still analysing.

Brandenburg state police said that it contained 'a cylindrical object with cables, batteries and nails, but at this point no ignition device has been found.'

Authorities previously said that the package also contained a powder, but that it hadn't been determined whether it was an explosive substance or something else. 

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The Christmas market was up and running as normal today as police said it was 'unlikely' that it was the target of the suspicious package

The Christmas market was up and running as normal today as police said it was 'unlikely' that it was the target of the suspicious package

Police investigating if the bomb was fake said they have not found a detonator but are still analysing

Police investigating if the bomb was fake said they have not found a detonator but are still analysing

It was first delivered to a pharmacy but was reported as suspicious by an employee who opened it and found wires inside, local media reported. Pictured: Police on the scene now 

It was first delivered to a pharmacy but was reported as suspicious by an employee who opened it and found wires inside, local media reported. Pictured: Police on the scene now 

Police have now defused the bomb after having cordoned-off the area. Pictured: Police at the scene

Police have now defused the bomb after having cordoned-off the area. Pictured: Police at the scene

Brandenburg's interior minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter said experts were trying to determine whether it was a viable device or an elaborate hoax.

Officers were assessing 'whether the device was actually capable of causing an explosion or not'. 

He added: 'There were apparently not only nails but also powder in the canister, and that must be investigated, could it be plaster, or something that doesn't explode or is it something explosive.' 

He said results of tests to determine the device's viability may not be completed this evening.

He added: 'We just don't know at this point if this was a device that could have actually exploded or a fake or a test.' 

Police confirmed the object was a bomb but were unable to say if it was booby-trapped. Pictured: Police seal off the area 

Police confirmed the object was a bomb but were unable to say if it was booby-trapped. Pictured: Police seal off the area 

Police tape across a road in Potsdam after the bomb scare. In the background, the lights of the market can be seen 

Police tape across a road in Potsdam after the bomb scare. In the background, the lights of the market can be seen 

Police are currently on the scene, having cordoned off the area around a suspicious object. Pictured: The market late last month 

Police are currently on the scene, having cordoned off the area around a suspicious object. Pictured: The market late last month 

Germany remains a target for jihadist groups, in particular because of its involvement in the coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria, and its deployment in Afghanistan since 2001. Pictured: the scene tonight  

Germany remains a target for jihadist groups, in particular because of its involvement in the coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria, and its deployment in Afghanistan since 2001. Pictured: the scene tonight  

In a tweet, Brandenburg police said earlier: 'The IED-suspicion has been confirmed. 

'The affected area in the city center must be cleared. Please pay attention to our announcements via loudspeaker.'  

Police added, however, that they could not initially confirm if the bomb was booby-trapped. 

Roads around the market were also

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