WW2 bomb forces evacuations in Greece's Thessaloniki

By REUTERS
February 12, 2017 10:15

ATHENS - Thousands of Greeks evacuated their homes in the second-biggest city of Thessaloniki on Sunday to allow experts to defuse a World War Two bomb.

The 250 kg (550 lb) bomb was discovered about 5 meters (16 feet) below ground during excavation works at a petrol station last week.

Up to 72,000 residents living within a 2 km (1.2 miles) radius of the bomb site were asked to leave their homes in one of the country's biggest peacetime evacuations. Buses were taking them to local gyms, stadiums and cafes, police said.

Refugees and migrants living in a camp in a nearby abandoned factory would also be evacuated on Sunday and taken on a museum visit in Thessaloniki, the migration ministry said.


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