Potsdam bomb ‘was attempt to extort’ from DHL shipping company

police on patrol outside Potsdam Christmas market

Police investigating a bomb found at a Christmas market in Germany on Friday say it was not terrorism but an attempt to blackmail the shipping company, DHL.

The nail bomb was sent in a parcel to a pharmacy near a market in Potsdam.

Police performed a controlled explosion on the device, which was full of explosives but had no detonator.

After scanning a QR code on the package, police found that those involved demanded millions of euros to not set the bomb off.

“The good news is it that we can say, with all likelihood, that the package was not aimed at the Christmas market,” Brandenburg’s Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schröter said.

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