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BERLIN (Reuters) - A suspicious package found at the German Finance Ministry in Berlin on Wednesday contained explosives, police said, adding that the item was found in an area where mail is processed.

A spokeswoman for the ministry declined to comment, saying an investigation was underway.

"The first investigation results show that the package contained a so-called explosives mixture, which is frequently used to produce pyrotechnics. It was designed to cause considerable injuries when the package was opened," police said in a statement.

(Reporting by Thorsten Severin and Michael Nienaber; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Michelle Martin)

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