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Seven dead as WW2 bomb explodes in Bangkok

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At least seven people were killed and 19 injured when a suspected World War Two bomb exploded in a scrap metal warehouse in Bangkok.

The bomb had been sold to the scrap metal yard by construction workers who found it, under the belief that it was inactive.

When warehouse workers used a blowtorch and metal cutter to take the bomb apart, it detonated.

The massive explosion destroyed the warehouse and created an enormous crater. Nearby houses were raised and a large fire started.

Thai police said that five people died at the scene.

Police bomb squad chief Kamthorn Auicharoen told the Associated Press news agency that it was “likely this is a bomb dropped from a plane during World War II”.

Television footage showed debris and twisted metal at the bomb site.

The allies conducted bombing raids on the Thai capital in retaliation for the kingdom joining the Japanese war effort in Southeast Asia.