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Unexploded WWII bomb found in Russian Kremlin

Kremlin officials have said they defused a bomb after finding it untouched in a Tsarist-era cellar. The shell is from the Nazi Wehrmacht, which advanced on Moscow before being forced to retreat in 1942.

Russian officials said they had defused a WWII bomb in the Kremlin, which they believe lay undetected in a cellar since 1941.

The Moscow palace was under reconstruction when workers found the bomb on Thursday, state media revealed.

The Kremlin's chief commander, Sergey Khlebnikov, told the news agency Ria Novosti they had taken every necessary measure to "ensure the Kremlin's security."

Russian city under siege

Nazi troops laid siege to Russian cities in 1941 and 1942, killing thousands

70 years undetected

Nazi troops bombed the palace in the Second World War as they advanced on Moscow in late 1941. Hundreds of Moscow civilians were killed as the Wehrmacht attacked the city.

The Soviet victory at Moscow was the first significant victory against the Nazis, and began their retreat back towards Berlin.

Read more: Who disarms Germany's WWII bombs?

The Kremlin sits in the famous Red Square in the center of Moscow, and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Russia, as the former seat of the Russian Tsars and then the Soviet Union leaders.

jns/rc (AFP,dpa)

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