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6th July, 2018

Danube bomb deactivated

Divers successfully removed the World War II bomb found in the Danube in the heart of Budapest earlier this week, and deactivated it by 11.30 a.m. Thursday.

Streets on both sides of the river were closed while the operation went on. By 10 a.m., the security zone had been evacuated.

Bomb disposal agents retrieved a 100kg Soviet-made device, and dismantled its ignition device in a few moments.

They then took the bomb to the Újpest military port where it was to be loaded on to a bomb disposal truck and taken to the central collection point of the Hungarian armed forces for destruction at a later date.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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