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Greece, Athens, Eliniko. Over 300 bombs were found during construction works

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In the city of Eliniko near Athens, 314 bombs from World War II were found during construction works, local authorities informed. The charges were discovered at a depth of two meters, including under facilities built for the 2004 Olympic Games.

According to the eKathimerini website, the charges were found in a former German ammunition warehouse. It was located under sports facilities built in preparation for the Olympic Games held in Athens in 2004.

– Fortunately, there were no explosions or any other accidents. It is surprising that the entire airport and many municipal and aviation facilities operated in such a minefield, emphasized Jannis Konstantatos, head of the Eliniko-Arjirupoli commune authorities. The disposal of the cargo was entrusted to sappers.

The explosives were found during work on the large Hellinikon infrastructure project, which is to include a park, luxury residences, hotels, a casino, a marina and some of the country's tallest skyscrapers.

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Eliniko was the location of the Athens Hellinikon International Airport, which opened in 1938. The German army used them for their missions in Greece – reminds the Greek Reporter website. The airport operated until 2001. The Olympic complex was built on this site before the 2004 games.

Elinika. The airport is no longer operational in the backgroundShutterstock

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