Berlin begins mass evacuation as police defuse WW2 bomb

Nellie Chapman
April 20, 2018

The exclusion zone covers the train station, an army hospital, the economy ministry, an art gallery and a museum as well as part of the BND intelligence service's new headquarters.

There was severe transport disruption, with trains unable to stop at the main railway station. "The station will be completely closed down, all trains will be diverted", Deutsche-Welle's Rebecca Ritters reported.

Before the bomb was defused the police tweeted a photo of their bomb disposal team at the scene.

A police bomb squad will defuse device, which was unearthed at a building site.

Thousands of unexploded bombs from the 1939-45 war are found every year.

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"This is a common occurence in Berlin, obviously there were a lot of unexploded bombs here".

The discovery of bombs from World War II are a common occurrence in Germany and police said there is no immediate danger for people in the area from the bomb.

A year ago some 60,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Frankfurt after a massive bomb dropped by Britain's Royal Air Force was unearthed.

Flights from Berlin's Tegel airport are due to go ahead as planned but the capital's airport operator warned passengers on Twitter that public transport to the city's two airports - Tegel and Schoenefeld - would be affected.

The 1,100lb bomb was believed to have been dropped by the British. "They defuse World War Two bombs from time to time in Osnabrück - my home town - too", she added. But rarely do they cause such widespread disruption.

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