November 18, 2015 / 10:30 AM / in 2 years

German state minister sees no threat to Christmas markets

Christmas tree ornaments are displayed for customers at the Christmas market in Hamburg, December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

BERLIN (Reuters) - There is no evidence to suggest that Christmas markets in the German state of Lower Saxony are a target for Islamist militants, the state interior minister said on Wednesday.

Lower Saxony Interior Minister Boris Pistorius, speaking after a soccer game between Germany and Netherlands was called off in his state on Tuesday night over fears of a planned bombing, told a news conference there was “still no concrete indication that Christmas markets are the target of attacks”.

Reporting by Tina Bellon and Joseph Nasr; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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