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    German Hospital Area Evacuated as Teams Prepare to Defuse World War II Bomb

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    Around 1,600 residents of southwestern Germany’s Freiburg have been evacuated as bomb technicians prepare to defuse a World War II-era device, German media reported Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Construction workers found a 1,100-pound bomb at a university hospital on Thursday, according to the Focus online news magazine.

    Residents of nearby areas and hospital staff have been given until 07:00 GMT to vacate the premises, the outlet said.

    Road access to the University Medical Center Freiburg is planned to be sealed off at 09:00 GMT with bomb disposal teams scheduled to disable the device the following hour.

    About 5,500 unexploded ordnances are deactivated in Germany every year. A total of over 2 million aerial bombs have been dropped over the country during the war, 100,000 of which are estimated to have remained undetonated.

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