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Ukrainians destroy wartime bomb
World War II bomb
The bomb was moved to an isolated site
Munitions experts in Ukraine's port of Sevastopol have successfully blown up a World War II bomb, parts of which had already exploded killing three men.

The bomb, which weighed 900kg, is one of the largest ever discovered in Sevastopol and much of the city centre was closed off for the operation.

The bomb was discovered on Monday by divers who pulled it out of a bay.

It is thought they were trying to extract precious metals from it when the explosion took place.

Sevastopol was an important naval base during the Soviet era, and was frequently targeted by the Germans during the war.

The area, in the south-west of the Crimean peninsula, continues to suffer from unexploded ordinance but this is one of the biggest bombs to be discovered for some time.

The bomb was transported to a military training ground 30km (20 miles) away near Balaclava to be destroyed.


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