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Greek: Soldiers defuse World War II bomb

  • Greek soldiers have successfully defused an unexploded World War II bomb in the country's second largest city Thessaloniki. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from the area before diffusing the bomb.

    The bomb that weighted nearly 250-kilogram, was unearthed in the port city during road works last week near a petrol station.

    The bomb would be taken to an army firing range nearby. Close to 70,000 people were evacuated within a radius of 1.9-kilometre (1.1-mile) of the site. This evacuation affected three working-class neighbourhoods west of the city centre. The officials cited the evacuation to be "obligatory".

    The operation was exceptional for a place like Greece where a bomb of this dimension has never been found in such a densely populated area. According to local media, the bomb was dropped during an air-strike by a British plane in 1943.

    Unexploded bombs are still being found around the globe even after seven decades of the end of World War II. In a similar incident, dozens of people were evacuated near Hong Kong University after a bomb was found on January 23.

    In the Germany, 54,000 people were asked to evacuate on December 25 when authorities had to deal with a bomb dropped by Britain during the war.