Dec 3, 2017

Potsdam bomb 'was attempt to extort' from DHL shipping company

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. Police said a similar package was sent to an online trader based in Frankfurt an der Oder recently. Officials have warned people to call the police instead of opening suspicious packages.

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