Police evacuate 60,000 in order to defuse World War II bomb in Frankfurt

German authorities are making final preparations in Frankfurt before experts defuse a huge Second World War bomb in an operation that includes evacuating more than 60,000 residents.

Police evacuate 60,000 in order to defuse World War II bomb in Frankfurt

German authorities are making final preparations in Frankfurt before experts defuse a huge Second World War bomb in an operation that includes evacuating more than 60,000 residents.

Hospital patients and the elderly are among those affected in what will be Germany's biggest evacuation in recent history.

Construction workers found the 1.8-ton British bomb on Tuesday. Officials have ordered residents to evacuate homes within a 1.5-kilometre radius of the site in Germany's financial capital.

Dozens of ambulances lined up before driving to pick up anyone unable to independently leave the danger zone.

Similar operations are still common 72 years after the war ended. About 20,000 people were evacuated from the western city of Koblenz before specialists disarmed a 500kg US bomb on Saturday.

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