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2019.11.15 12:00

Aviation bomb found and defused in Vilnius

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Paulius Viluckas, BNS2019.11.15 12:00

An aviation bomb was found and later neutralised in the Žverynas area of Vilnius on Thursday night, the 15min.lt news website reports.

Before midnight on Thursday, bomb disposal specialists removed the bomb's fuse, which was in the active position and posed a threat of explosion. Buildings and streets as well as a shopping mall had to be evaluated after the bomb was discovered.

"Since the Panorama shopping mall got into the evacuation zone, police officers evacuated the people," Lithuanian Military Captain Nerijus Alekna told BNS.

The bomb was found during construction work on Thursday morning. Josifas Platac, head of Vilnius Town Group, the company carrying out the work, told BNS that the bomb was found during excavation some three meters below ground.

Alekna told BNS earlier that bombs that need defusing are found several times a year.