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WWII Nazi arms ship found in Baltic Sea

The sunken wreck of a WWII Nazi arms ship has been found in the Baltic Sea by Russian authorities who are preparing to remove its huge arsenal of shells.

More than 10,000 shells containing explosives are on board, but without detonators, a Russian government official told the BBC.

The removal work could take two years, Maxim Vladimirov said.

The operation, involving 18 divers, is scheduled to begin later this month.

Mr Vladimirov, a senior official in the Russian Ministry for Emergencies, said the wreck had already been fully surveyed. There was a potential hazard, he said, although the wreck was not in a shipping lane.

Once ashore, the shells will be blown up by engineers at a military site, he said.

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