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WWII bomb found near Chancellor Merkel's Berlin apartment

An unexploded Soviet bomb from World War II has been found just outside the Berlin apartment of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The find triggered a city-center lockdown as bomb-disposal experts moved to defuse it.

Red Army soldier with a Soviet flag on the Reichstag

Left-overs from WWII are not an uncommon find in Berlin

The 100-kilogram bomb was discovered by construction workers just 10 centimeters below the sandy surface of a museum forecourt.

A spokesman for Berlin police said a 300-metre radius including Chancellor Angela Merkel's flat was evacuated as part of a precautionary measure around the museum which is part of Berlin's Museum Island complex of buildings that was heavily damaged during WWII.

While bomb experts worked on the device, a rail line carrying express and suburban trains was closed and streets were blocked, causing major traffic jams, police said.

Unexploded bombs from World War II are frequently found in German cities, often during digging for construction projects.

An estimated 10 to 20 percent of the Allied bombs that were dropped on German targets during World War Two failed to detonate. Many were found and destroyed immediately after the war but thousands were only discovered decades later.

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