Ger­man town evacuates on Xmas for WWII bomb

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Thou­sands of peo­ple in the Ger­man town of Augs­burg have left Christ­mas pre­sents and dec­o­ra­tions be­hind af­ter be­ing forced to evac­u­ate while au­thor­i­ties dis­arm a World War II bomb.

The bomb was un­cov­ered last week dur­ing con­struc­tion work in the city’s historic cen­tral dis­trict. Po­lice say Christ­mas Day is the best time to defuse it be­cause there is less traf­fic and it is more likely peo­ple can stay with rel­a­tives. Po­lice vans with loud­speak­ers urged pro­cras­ti­na­tors to leave ahead of a 10 a.m. dead­line. Some 32,000 homes with 54,000 res­i­dents are in the evac­u­a­tion zone. Christ­mas morn­ing ser­vices at the me­dieval cathe­dral with its famed boys’ choir were moved. Po­lice aren’t mak­ing any prom­ises about how long it will take. Schools and sports fa­cil­i­ties have been opened as shel­ters. — AP

AUGS­BURG: Po­lice cars and an am­bu­lance are seen be­side a road block on an empty street in Augs­burg, south­ern Ger­many, dur­ing a mass evac­u­a­tion yes­ter­day. — AFP

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