A World War 1 shell has exploded, killing two construction
workers in the Belgian town of Ypres nearly 100 years after
the conflict began.
"It's a shell that exploded with four workers there, a
conventional device from World War 1,'' Ypres police chief
Georges Aeck said.
One man died instantly, the other on the way to the hospital,
he said, adding that a further worker was in a critical state
and the fourth in shock.
The four were behind a warehouse under construction when the
shell exploded in circumstances that are under investigation.
Ypres was heavily bombarded during World War 1, when it was
at the centre of fierce fighting between German and allied
Belgium's military have removed or made safe some 629 tonnes
of bombs, shells and other explosives in the past four years,
mostly around the former World War 1 battle lines in western