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Germany: Berlin Christmas market evacuated over suspicious object

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By DW, AFP

The Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz, where an Islamist terrorist carried out a deadly truck attack in 2016, has been evacuated over a suspicious package.

German police said on Saturday that they had asked visitors to Berlin’s Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz to leave the area after receiving information about a suspicious object.

An event at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church had also been broken off as part of the same operation, police said on Twitter.

Visitors left the Christmas market “calmly and considerately,” they said.

In 2016, the market was the scene of a deadly terrorist attack in which 12 people died after a rejected asylum-seeker from Tunisia plowed a stolen truck into a crowd of visitors.

The attacker, Anis Amri, was later killed in Italy while on the run from police.


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—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: December 21, 2019 at 05:16PM

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