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Two World War II Bombs Found in Athens

January 20, 2003

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Two World War II bombs were found at Athens’ former international airport Monday by demolition experts searching the 2004 Olympic sports complex for old land mines.

The two 112-kilogram bombs are the latest finds. Five bombs have been discovered so far at the Olympic site. The bombs will be destroyed, the army said.

Experts have been combing the site of the former airport for weeks. The army said the bombs were found at a depth of almost 6 feet.

The airport, which closed last year, was used by German occupiers and later by Allied forces during World War II and was bombed by both sides.

The sports complex will host the basketball preliminaries, as well as baseball, softball, hockey, canoe and kayak events.