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World Italian experts defuse WWII bomb in northern city

23:50  20 october  2019
23:50  20 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A view of a deserted road in the northern Italian city of Bolzano, Sunday, Oct. 20,2 019. Italian authorities have evacuated 4,000 people from the center of the northern city of Bolzano to defuse a World War II bomb found during construction. The news agency ANSA said the bomb was defused during a three-hour operation Sunday morning. (G.news/ANSA via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press A view of a deserted road in the northern Italian city of Bolzano, Sunday, Oct. 20,2 019. Italian authorities have evacuated 4,000 people from the center of the northern city of Bolzano to defuse a World War II bomb found during construction. The news agency ANSA said the bomb was defused during a three-hour operation Sunday morning. (G.news/ANSA via AP) Italian authorities evacuated 4,000 people from the centre of the northern city of Bolzano on Sunday to defuse a World War II bomb found during construction.

Three experts defused the 500-pound American bomb during a three-hour operation that also forced 60,000 people to stay in their homes and closed sporting complexes and churches, the news agency ANSA reported.

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An alarm signalled the all-clear to reopen the city centre just before noon, as well as a nearby north-south highway and rail line both connecting Italy with Austria and Germany.

The bomb was found close to the city's central cathedral and not far from the train station — the likely wartime target — during excavation work for a new shopping centre.

The online news site Neue Suedtiroler Tageszeitung said after being defused, the bomb was brought to a secure site nearby for a controlled explosion.

According to historian Ettore Frangipane, Bolzano, in the northern Alto-Adige region bordering Austria, suffered 13 major World War II bombing raids that damaged 60% of the city and killed 200 people.

Alto Adige was part of a broad swath of northern Italy that remained under Nazi occupation long after Italy's 1943 surrender to the Allies.

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