Central Berlin evacuated for World War II bomb removal

British 500-Kg World War II bomb disposal to force evacuation in Berlin today

British 500-Kg World War II bomb disposal to force evacuation in Berlin today

German police have defused a World War II bomb in central Berlin, after some 10,000 people were evacuated.

Police said the 100-kilogram (220-pound) Soviet bombs were found in a field in the town of Sturovo.

The 800-metre (2,625 ft) exclusion zone "includes Berlin Hauptbahnhof, the city's main train station, as well as the German finance and transport ministries, foreign embassies, and a museum", says The Independent.

The operator said trains would stop at other stations in Berlin instead. The police cordon has now been lifted.

Buildings will be cleared in an 800m radius from the construction site where the bomb was discovered.

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Last week, German bomb disposal experts successfully dismantled a 1.8-tonne United Kingdom bomb found in the town of Paderborn.

Earlier on Friday, the authorities said they had no idea how long the operation to defuse the bomb would take and would depend on the condition of the missile.

Police tweeted a photo of their bomb disposal team poised to make it safe. While the shutdowns were no doubt a headache for these public services and residents for the hours it took to defuse the bomb on Friday, its discovery on Wednesday gave the city a few days to prepare for the shutdown.

Thousands of unexploded war time bombs still lie beneath cities in Germany.

Flights from Berlin's Tegel airport are not affected but passengers have been warned that public transport to the city's two airports - Tegel and Schoenefeld - would be disrupted. More than 70 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are regularly found, a potentially deadly legacy of the intense Allied bombing campaign against Nazi Germany.

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