Suspicious package led to police evacuating market in the city of Potsdam, near Berlin.

Police say that a suspicious package that caused the evacuation of a Christmas market in the German city of Potsdam contained explosives.

“The suspicion of an improvised explosive device has been confirmed,” police said on Twitter. They later tweeted that the device had been defused.

Earlier, officers said special forces were examining the object, which was described by the Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten newspaper as a package measuring 40cm (15.75in) by 50cm that had been delivered to a pharmacy near the market. Continue reading.