In pictures: German city Koblenz cleared over WWII bomb

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image captionGerman bomb disposal experts in the city of Koblenz have successfully defused two bombs from World War II found in the riverbed of the Rhine.
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image captionMore than 45,000 people - half the population of Koblenz - were evacuated for the biggest bomb disposal operation in Germany since 1945.
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image captionThe bigger of the two bombs was a 1.8 tonne "blockbuster" that was only discovered when water levels dropped because of drought.
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image captionA barrage of sandbags was built and water was pumped away to allow bomb squad experts to work on the RAF blockbuster.
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image captionStreets were closed and the main train station was shut while bomb disposal experts worked to defuse the blockbuster - which was designed to cause maximum damage - and a nearby second, smaller US bomb.
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image captionEveryone within a 1.2 mile (2km) radius of the bomb - which included seven nursing homes, two hospitals and a prison - were moved away for the day.
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image captionShelters with 12,000 beds were set up in schools for those people with no other place to go.
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image captionThe controlled demolition of a smoke grenade canister found at the same site sent a spray of water into the air.

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