British bomb forces Berliners' evacuation

26th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The discovery of a British World War II bomb Thursday led to the evacuation of several thousand people in central Berlin, while underground trains and river traffic was also stopped, police said.

"The 250-kilo (550-pound) bomb was discovered during building work on a bridge over the Spree" river, police spokesman Michael Maass said.

The bomb was found in the river, next to the Oberbaum bridge, and was to be dragged to ground to be defused, he added.

Hardly a month goes by without a World War II bomb being found in Berlin.

In April 2009, Chancellor Angela Merkel had to evacuate her apartment in the city-centre due to the discovery of an unexploded Soviet bomb.

Berlin authorities believe there are still some 3,000 bombs buried beneath the capital alone.

© 2011 AFP

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