Warning tape is pictured at the evacuation area while a World War Two bomb is defused near the central train station in Berlin, Germany, April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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Thousands of people around Berlin's central railway station were evacuated on Friday as bomb disposal experts began defusing an unexploded World War II explosive unearthed on a building site.Trains, trams and buses were halted or rerouted as the operation to dispose of the British 500-kilogram bomb found more than 70 years after the war got underway.In the biggest post-war evacuation, at least 60,000 Frankfurt residents were forced to leave their homes last September so that an unexploded 1.8-ton British bomb dubbed the "blockbuster" could be defused.Some 3,000 such unexploded bombs are believed to still lie buried in Berlin, a city of three million people, where disposal squads are well-practiced in defusing them and other ordnance.
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