Suspected World War II bomb prompts evacuations in London

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Specialist army officers worked through the night on Thursday, March 2nd to assess an unexploded suspected World War II bomb that was found on a London building site.

A number of local businesses, homes and schools had been evacuated as a precaution, Britains' Ministry of Defence (MOD) said in a written statement on Friday.

A number of roads had been closed off in the area to help the army in dealing with the device, the ministry said.

The London Fire Brigade said affected residents were being looked after at a nearby rest centre.

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A military officer looks into a hole in the ground where a 250 kg World War Two bomb was found during excavation works at a gas station on the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
Military officers jump into a hole in the ground to inspect a 250 kg World War Two bomb that was found during excavation works at a gas station on the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
Military officers unload sacks of sand next to a hole in the ground (R), where a 250 kg World War Two bomb was found during excavation works at a gas station, before an operation to defuse it that will take place on Sunday, in Thessaloniki, Greece February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
A military officer unloads sacks of sand next to a hole in the ground (R), where a 250 kg World War Two bomb was found during excavation works at a gas station, before an operation to defuse it that will take place on Sunday, in Thessaloniki, Greece February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
A policeman looks at the hole where an unexploded bomb dating to the World War II was found during work to expand a gas stations underground tanks in Thessaloniki on February 8, 2017. Authorities in Greece's second-largest city are planning to evacuate up to 60,000 residents from their homes so experts can safely dispose the bomb. The 250-kilogram bomb is estimated to contain around 150 kilograms of explosives, making the operation particularly tricky. / AFP / SAKIS MITROLIDIS (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Military officers unload sacks of sand next to a hole in the ground (R), where a 250 kg World War Two bomb was found during excavation works at a gas station, before an operation to defuse it that will take place on Sunday, in Thessaloniki, Greece February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
A man walks next to a gas station where an unexploded bomb dating to the World War II was found during work to expand a gas stations underground tanks in Thessaloniki on February 8, 2017. Authorities in Greece's second-largest city are planning to evacuate up to 60,000 residents from their homes so experts can safely dispose the bomb. The 250-kilogram bomb is estimated to contain around 150 kilograms of explosives, making the operation particularly tricky. / AFP / SAKIS MITROLIDIS (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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