Spanish Civil War bomb found after man recalls childhood attack

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MADRID, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Police deactivated an unexploded Spanish Civil War bomb after a man recalled Italian fascist bombers dropping it on his city more than 80 years ago as a child.

Work on a building in Maella, near Zaragoza in northeastern Spain, has been halted after the man said the building was bombed when he was six years old but the device did not explode.

Metal detectors were used to find the 50 kg bomb dropped by the Italian Air Force, which sided with General Francisco Franco’s Nationalist forces during the 1936-1939 war.

“A local resident alerted the owner of the property to be careful when carrying out works because during the Civil War when this person was six years old, the city was bombed and one of the bombs did not explode. Concrete was later poured on the floor and the artifact was not visible,” the Civil Guard said in a statement.

Bomb disposal officials blew up the device on January 10, but the operation was made public on Sunday.

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Reporting by Graham Keeley and Silvio Castellanos, editing by Angus MacSwan

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