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 / Updated  / Source: Reuters

EUSKIRCHEN, Germany - A World War II-era bomb exploded in the German town of Euskirchen near Bonn on Friday, killing a construction worker after his mechanical digger dislodged it and injuring eight other workers.

Television footage from the scene showed the mangled wreckage of the digger's cab and a nearby hut, and windows and doors blown out by the blast.

"During excavations ... the digger uncovered a wartime bomb, which exploded. The driver was killed, and several others close to the digger were hurt. Two are seriously injured and six lightly," police spokesman Norbert Hardt said.

Euskirchen is in North Rhine-Westphalia. Germany's most populous state. During World War II the state was pounded by Allied bombs, as it is home to one of Germany's most dense industrial areas.

Every year hundreds of war-time bombs are still uncovered in Germany, though most are successfully detonated. NRW's interior ministry said it defused 706 bombs in 2012, 239 of which weighed more than 50 kilos.

— Reuters

Police officers inspect the wreckage of an excavator and a crater caused by an explosion in the western German city of Euskirchen on Friday.Ina Fassbender / Reuters