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1,800 evacuated as France defuses British WWII bomb

AFP  |  Rennes(France) 

Some 1,800 people were ordered to evacuate their homes in today as a bomb squad defused a British bomb from World II, officials said.

The 220-kilogramme bomb was found in late June during construction work near the in Normandy.

Residents living within a 270-metre radius of the site were told to leave the area early this morning ahead of the operation, which wound up shortly after 11:00 am (0900 GMT).

Discoveries of bombs and shells from World II are common in and elsewhere on the continent.

Last month, the defused an unexploded shell found in the sea near a popular beach in on the

In May, nearly 9,000 people had to be evacuated after a bomb was uncovered in Dresden, Germany, a city which was heavily bombed toward the end of the

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 19:15 IST