Spanish Civil War bomb found after man recalls childhood attack

A civil war bomb explodes in Zaragoza, Spain January 10, 2022 in this handout picture published on January 16, 2022. Civil Guard-Spanish Interior Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

MADRID (Reuters) – Police deactivated an unexploded bomb from the Spanish Civil War after a man remembered that Italian fascist bombers had dropped it on his town when he was a child more than 80 years ago.

Work on a building in Maella, near Zaragoza in northeastern Spain, was halted after the man said that when he was six-years-old the building was bombed but the device failed to explode.

Metal detectors were used to find the 50 kg bomb which was dropped by the Italian air force, which sided with the Nationalist forces of General Francisco Franco during the 1936-1939 war.

“A local resident alerted the owner of the premises that he had to be careful when carrying out works because during the civil war, when this person was six, the town was bombarded and one of the bombs did not explode. Later concrete was poured on the ground and the artefact was hidden from view,” the Civil Guard said in a statement.

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

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