Berlin police evacuate Christmas market that was attacked in 2016

Police officers walk in the market after it was re-opened following checks on Dec 21, 2019.
Police officers walk in the market after it was re-opened following checks on Dec 21, 2019.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
A general view of the Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, Dec 18, 2019.
A general view of the Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, Dec 18, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS
People stand at a memorial commemorating the victims of the 2016 terrorist attack on the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz square in Berlin, Germany, Dec 19, 2019.
People stand at a memorial commemorating the victims of the 2016 terrorist attack on the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz square in Berlin, Germany, Dec 19, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Berlin police gave the all-clear on Saturday (Dec 21) after earlier evacuating a Christmas market that was the scene of a fatal attack three years ago to investigate a possible suspicious object, which they did not find.

Tunisian Anis Amri ploughed a truck into the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in 2016, killing 12 people.

Amri, who had Islamist militant ties, was later shot dead by Italian police after he fled Germany.

"Our police measures around #Breitscheidplatz are finished. A dangerous object has not been found," Berlin police tweeted.

"In the evening, our colleagues had found two people who behaved suspiciously at the #Breitscheidplatz and checked them."

Daily newspaper Bild quoted a police spokesman as saying that the two men were stopped after leaving the square at a conspicuously fast pace and that, on taking their names, officers believed one was the subject of an arrest warrant.

The police cleared the square as a precaution.

However, they subsequently realised the man's name was similar to someone facing an arrest warrant, but not an exact match, Bild reported.