Army defuses WWII's 'largest bomb ever dropped on London': police

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A massive unexploded World War II bomb discovered in an east London river was defused by a specialist army team Friday, police said.

The discovery of the 2,200-pound (1,000-kilogramme) device, said by police to be "the largest bomb ever to be dropped on London" forced the closure of several rail services and part of the Underground.

The bomb was dredged from a river by a mechanical digger near Bromley-by-Bow Underground station on Monday, during work to clear a site for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Royal Engineers finally made the "Hermann" bomb safe, a day after it began to tick during efforts to defuse it, the Metropolitan Police said.

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