Rumsfeld leaves early after WWII bomb found

15th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 September 2005, BERLIN - U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld left a meeting of NATO defence ministers in the German capital earlier than expected Wednesday after a leftover bomb from World War II was found close to his aircraft.

15 September 2005

BERLIN - U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld left a meeting of NATO defence ministers in the German capital earlier than expected Wednesday after a leftover bomb from World War II was found close to his aircraft.

Rumsfeld, who is known for his sometimes undiplomatic and folksy language, jokingly reporters his early departure was due to "funny reasons".

This was a reference to the 500-kilo bomb from World War II which was found at Berlin's Tegel airport. It was unclear if the bomb had been dropped by U.S. or British planes during the war.

Police said explosives experts detonated the bomb without complications on Wednesday afternoon. World War II bombs and munitions are regularly found in and around Berlin.

DPA

Subject: German news

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