Serhat TUNAR -TDO- Almost the entire city was completely evacuated for security purposes after a World War II bomb found by chance in the southern Italian city of Brindisi was defused.

The operation was the largest post-war evacuation in Italy, officials said, and about 54 thousand people were evacuated, amounting to more than 60 percent of the city's residents.

The Corrieredella Sera newspaper reported that extermination experts claimed that the red zone, which lies within a 617-metre radius they formed around the area where the bomb was found, was planned as an 'unmanned zone'.

At the same time, the airport, train station, two hospitals and a prison in the city were also closed until the bomb was destroyed.

The British-made bomb, which was found by chance during renovations of a cinema last month, is said to be 1m long and contain 40 kg of dynamite.

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