BREAKING: 9,000 people to be evacuated after discovery of 50 kg World War II bomb in Germany’s Berlin

BREAKING: 9,000 people to be evacuated after discovery of 50 kg World War II bomb in Germany's Berlin

A 50 kg World War II bomb discovered on a construction site in Berlin-Moabit is set to be detonated on Monday, September 26.

According to local media reports, residents within a 500-metre radius have been forced to evacuate after the 50 kg World War II bomb was found during construction work in Sickingenstraße west of Beusselstraße, Berlin on Friday, September 23.

Evacuations began at 8 am (local time), according to Berlin’s traffic control centre.

German news outlet BILD said that a total of 9,000 people living or working within the 500-metre radius will be evacuated and is expected to last several hours.

A police spokeswoman said on Monday, September 26, that all buildings, such as residential buildings, many businesses, company headquarters and offices, within the exclusion zone must be evacuated.

Assembly points have been set up by the Mitte district office and will be accessed via shuttle buses.

Police have said that the bomb will be defused by controlled detonation.

The news of the World War II bomb in Berlin comes less than a week after a 100 kg bomb was discovered in Leipzig, Germany.

The entire city centre was forced to evacuate after an unexploded 100 kg unexploded bomb from the Second World War was found by onstruction workers at around 10.38 am on Tuesday, September 20.

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