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Jun 6, 2008

Police defusing unexploded WWII bomb

AFP - Friday, June 6 08:14 am

LONDON (AFP) - Bomb experts were on Friday working to defuse an unexploded World War II bomb found near a London Underground station, a police spokesman confirmed.

At one point on Thursday, the 2,200-pound device, found in a river near Bromley-by-Bow station in east London, began to tick but stopped when liquid was poured over it, police said.

Transport for London, the agency responsible for the capital's public transport network, suspended services from the Underground station from 9:30 pm (2030 GMT) on Thursday to Friday morning because of the bomb, the largest World War II bomb to be discovered in three decades.

A 220-yard exclusion zone has been erected around the device.

"It's not yet been made safe," a police spokesman told AFP.

He said that army bomb disposal experts from the Royal Engineers would work on the bomb overnight, and would likely be finished by Friday morning.

"Royal Engineers and partner agencies have been incredibly heroic and have worked extremely hard to defuse the bomb, and we're all working to resolve this issue with minimum disruption to Londoners as soon as possible," Commander Simon O'Brien said Thursday, speaking at the scene.

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Posted: Friday June 6, 2008, 10:35 am
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