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WWII bomb defused in Greece

A WWII bomb discovered during roadworks in Greece had to be defused after evacuating thousands of people from the area.

The 1.5-metre (4.9-feet) -long bomb was initially thought to contain nearly 250 kilogrammes (550 pounds) of explosives, but on closer inspection was found to be a 170-kilo device.

Army chief of staff Nikos Phanios said the bomb’s firing mechanism “was still in a very good shape, and this was what had us worried.” The device was American-made he said.

According to Greek media reports, the bomb was dropped by a British plane during air strikes on the city’s nearby railway station and port in 1943 in which hundreds of local inhabitants died.

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Story: AFP | Photos: AFP Photo/Sakis Mitrolidis

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