Saturday 20 October 2018

Large area of central Berlin evacuated for Second World War bomb disposal

About 10,000 workers and residents are being moved out.

Experts prepare a Second World War bomb for removal in Berlin (dpa/AP)
Experts prepare a Second World War bomb for removal in Berlin (dpa/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Berlin police are evacuating thousands of people from the city centre and shutting down the main train station in preparation for the removal of an unexploded Second World War bomb found during recent construction work.

Police said on Friday that about 10,000 residents and workers were being forced to leave an area of about a square mile, including the train station, for bomb experts to defuse the 1,100lb British bomb dropped during the war.

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Berlin police are evacuating thousands from a central area of the German capital (AP)

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn said train stops at the busy station would end at 10am, and at 11.30am through traffic would also be shut down before experts began their work.

It is not clear how long the work  will take.

Even 73 years after the end of the war, such discoveries are common in major German cities.

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