WWII bomb kills German worker in Euskirchen

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At least one person has been killed in the explosion of a suspected WWII bomb in Germany.

The bomb damaged cars and nearby buildings when it went off after being disturbed by a digger in the town of Euskirchen, near Cologne and the Belgian border.

Many unexploded bombs remain hidden under German soil and some 70 years after the war most are undiscovered. They are so common private bomb disposal teams are used by German companies when new building projects are planned.

In April hundreds had to be evacuated from central Berlin after a Russian bomb was found. In one of the biggest alerts 45,000 people were evacuated from Koblenz in 2011 when a 1.8 tonne British bomb was unearthed that could have taken out the entire town centre.

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