Police tape cordons off the area after an explosive was found at Christmas market in Potsdam, near Berlin, Germany on December 1, 2017. AFP / Adam BERRY
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Those responsible for a suspicious package that prompted the evacuation of the Christmas market in Potsdam were attempting blackmail, not terrorism, German authorities said Sunday. "It was not an act of terror but a common crime," said Heinrich Juncker, the prosecutor in charge of the investigation.The device, discovered late Friday at a pharmacy just off the market in central Potsdam, a picturesque city near Berlin, revived fears of a repeat of last year's deadly terror attack at a Christmas market in the German capital.According to authorities, the device found Friday was part of an attempt to extort millions of euros from German delivery service DHL.
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