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Sunday, 4 December 2011

World War II bomb defused successfully in Rhine near Koblenz

Wasif Chudhary

Massive World War II bomb found in Rhine near Koblenz successfully defused, German media reports.Bomb disposal experts in the German city of Koblenz have successfully defused two bombs from World War II found in the riverbed of the Rhine.

They were discovered when water levels fell because of a prolonged dry spell.

The bigger of the two bombs weighed 1.8 tonnes and was dropped by the Royal Air Force between 1943 and 1945.

Nearly half the city's population - 45,000 - have been evacuated, including the inhabitants of two hospitals, seven nursing homes and a prison.

It is the biggest bomb disposal operation in Germany since 1945.

The smaller of the two bombs - weighing 275kg (600lb) - was dropped by US forces. Experts said it was the more dangerous of the two.

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