POTSDAM, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: Police and police vans stand in a closed-off area at a Christmas market close to where an explosive device was found earlier in the day on December 1, 2017 in Potsdam, Germany. According to police the package contained a metal cylinder, batteries, wires and nails and was left outside a pharmacy. Police have reportedly neutralized the device. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

BERLIN — A suspicious package containing nails that led to a bomb scare at a Christmas market in Germany was part of a blackmailing plot against a delivery company, German authorities said Sunday.
Brandenburg state Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter told reporters the package was part of a scheme to extort millions of euros (dollars) from delivery company DHL. It was delivered Friday to a pharmacy on the same street as the market in the city Potsdam and later destroyed in a controlled explosion.
Schroeter said the market itself most likely wasn’t a target. The person who sent the parcel was still at large, he said. Officials declined to say if they had any clues about the sender’s identity.
An online company in the town of Frankfurt an der Oder received a similar package at the beginning of last month.
Police initially said the package contained “a cylindrical object with cables, batteries and nails” but …
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