German police defuse WW II bomb after evacuating central Berlin

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Bomb disposal experts defused a World War Two bomb in Berlin on Friday after evacuating an area in the heart of the city, including Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Central Train Station).

Evacuation subject to the order of 10 thousand local residents, number of hospitals, including the charité clinic and the Bundeswehr, the Ministry, including the economy and the headquarters of the German intelligence service.

The operation will affect long-distance and commuter rail services passing through Berlin's main station from 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) onward.

British bomb was found during construction work near the city's central train station.

"Everything went smoothly without complications, and by the book", said police explosives expert Engin Laumer after the 500kg bomb had been defused.

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Authorities still discover more more than 2,000 tonnes of live munitions every year - more than 70 years after the war ended. "The detonator has been blown off in a controlled explosion", said Berlin police on Twitter, adding "#Goodjob guys".

The deactivation of the bomb is scheduled to begin at 11.30am but it is not known how long it will take.

Away from the evacuation site, Berlin's Tegel Airport said Friday's schedule will run as normal.

Tegel airport was also briefly closed last August after a Russian-made bomb was discovered, forcing flights that evening to divert to the city's other airport, Schoenefeld.

In September 2017, tens of thousands of people temporarily abandoned their homes in Frankfurt as technicians worked for hours to defuse a 4,000-pound, World War II-era bomb.

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