Second world war bomb defused in centre of Italian city

Thousands evacuated after unexploded device found on construction site

Sunday 20 October 2019 15:43
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The bomb was found on a construction site in the northern Italian city of Bolzano
The bomb was found on a construction site in the northern Italian city of Bolzano

Italian authorities evacuated 4,000 people from the centre of the northern city of Bolzano, to defuse a Second World War bomb found during construction work.

The news agency Ansa said the bomb was defused during a three-hour operation Sunday.

An alarm signalled the all-clear to re-open the city centre, as well as a nearby main road and a railway line connecting Italy with Austria and Germany.

The Neue Suedtiroler Tageszeitung identified the ordnance as an aerial bomb.

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

The region was part of a broad swathe of northern Italy that remained under Nazi-occupation long after Italy's 1943 Allied surrender.

AP

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