WWII bomb kills two in Russian forest

13th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Two Russians, one a teenager, died when they set off a bomb from World War II that lay unexploded in a forest near Kaliningrad, investigators said Saturday.

The bodies of the two Russians, aged 16 and 29, were found in the forest "with multiple injuries caused by shrapnel", the official ITAR-TASS news agency quoted Marianna Andryushina, representative of a committee in charge of criminal investigations, as saying.

Kaliningrad is a Russian exclave wedged between EU members Lithuania and Poland, with strong economic ties with Europe.

Part of German East Prussia before World War II, when it was known as Koenigsberg, the region was the target of numerous bombardments during the war.

The Red Army captured Kaliningrad from retreating Nazi forces in April 1945, expelled all surviving Germans and populated the region with Russian citizens.

World War II artillery shells are still found regularly at scenes of heavy fighting in and around Russian cities.

In May, two rail workers were wounded, one seriously, when a landmine exploded at their feet beside a railway line in the northwestern Leningrad region.

And in June last year, Russian authorities found a sunken German ship in the Baltic Sea with more than 10,000 World War II-era munitions aboard.

© 2011 AFP

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