10 000 to be evacuated in Poland to remove bomb

2017-07-08 09:39


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Warsaw - Authorities in eastern Poland have ordered an evacuation of about 10 00 people and temporary closure of the road to Belarus on Sunday to allow for the removal and disarming of a massive World War II bomb.

The 500kg German ST-500 bomb was found late on Thursday during road works in the town of Bialystok, 190km northeast of Warsaw.

Bialystok authorities said that about 10 000 people live within its range of 1.35km. They will be evacuated by bus early on Sunday to allow sappers to remove the bomb and take it to a test range to be neutralised. They should be able to return home in the evening.

Fierce fighting took place in Poland between the occupying Nazi Germans and the Red Army during World War II.

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