03 Dec '11, 2pm

German city evacuates 45,000 to defuse massive WWII bomb (via ST iPhone App)

German city evacuates 45,000 to defuse massive WWII bomb (via ST iPhone App)

Sandbags frame a 1,600kg WWII bomb in the river Rhine near Koblenz, Saturday Dec 3, 2011. Officials in Germany's western city of Koblenz say some 45,000 residents have to be evacuated because of a World War II era bomb discovered in the Rhine river. -- PHOTO: AP BERLIN (AP) - Officials in Germany's western city of Koblenz say some 45,000 residents have to be evacuated as officials try to defuse a World War II era bomb discovered in the Rhine river. City officials said on Saturday the massive British 1,600kg bomb will be defused early on Sunday, requiring all residents within a radius of about two kilometres from the bomb site to leave their homes for the day. Officials say seven nursing homes, two hospitals and a prison are also being evacuated. Train and road traffic in the area, some 130km north-west of Frankfurt, will come to a halt. The British bomb was found last week...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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