Hong Kong police closed a busy downtown area Wednesday after a bombing of war-era bombs was found at a construction site in the Asian financial center.
The bomb squad team was deployed to the discovery site at the Wan Chai district, and the police were forced to divert traffic flows. The shops and offices around the site were closed, while the ferry service at nearby ports was stopped
Bomb experts identified the bomb as a US-made 450-kilogram bomb and similar to other bombs found on a few tram lines the day before but successfully defused.
According to Alick McWhirter bomb squad expert, the newly discovered bomb may be difficult to disable as the mechanisms of the safety system are severely damaged. In addition, he said, the bomb was found in a difficult position to reach, on a slope.
The bomb was believed to have been dropped by fighters during the Second World War, when the former British colony became the scene of fighting between Allied forces and Japanese occupation forces. [ab/uh]