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Unexploded World War II shells disrupt Japan bullet trains

Published on Feb 17, 2013 4:36 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese troops removed two unexploded wartime bombs in central and western Japan on Sunday, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate their homes and disrupting bullet train services.

Removal work began on Sunday morning at a factory in Hamamatsu, central Japan, where a dud shell, believed to have been fired by a US naval ship during World War II, was found in October, a city official said.

A bomb disposal unit of the Ground Self-Defense Force loaded the 860-kilogram shell on to a military vehicle and transported it to a nearby beach, where it was detonated later in the day, the official said.

"We have already lifted the evacuation advisory issued to some 10,000 residents and are now confirming if it was defused with the detonation," the official said.

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