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Germany WWII bomb blast kills one

Published on Jan 4, 2014 12:49 AM
 
Criminal investigation officers examine a damaged excavator at the accident site of an exploded World War II bomb in Euskirchen, western Germany, on Jan 3, 2014. The driver of an excavator was killed and 13 other people injured when a World War II-era bomb blew up during earthworks in Germany on Friday, police said. -- PHOTO: AFP

COLOGNE (AFP) - The driver of an excavator was killed and 13 other people injured when a World War II-era bomb blew up during earthworks in Germany on Friday, police said.

The blast wave from the sleeper bomb blew out nearby house and car windows, ripped off roof tiles and could be felt several kilometres away, said police and residents.

The accident, in which two of the wounded suffered serious injuries, shook an industrial area in the town of Euskirchen near the former capital Bonn in western Germany.

"During earth works an excavator hit a World War II bomb which exploded," a local police spokesman told AFP, adding that the type of munition was still being investigated.

 
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