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article imageSpanish bomb squad removes 75-year-old bomb from tree

By Anne Sewell     Jul 13, 2014 in World
Teruel - Spain's Guardia Civil has been systematically defusing explosive devices recently in the Aragon region, left over from Spain's Civil War, including one that has been stuck in a pine tree for 75 years and another, still live, at the bottom of a pond.
In an ongoing action, the bomb squad has defused around 110 explosive devices left over from Spain's Civil War, in the first six months of this year. This is apparently double the number found last year.
According to Spain's ABC newspaper, one of these was found stuck in a pine tree in the middle of the countryside. The bomb was, apparently, still armed and deadly when discovered and then deactivated.
Apparently the squad has been called in to deactivate a number of devices, including 21 mortar grenades, 28 hand grenades and four aircraft bombs, many of which were found in Teruel.
Most of the devices (64) were found near towns in the province of Teruel. Another 24 have been located in the province of Zaragoza, and 23 in Huesca.
Among the artifacts was an aircraft bomb, Italian-made and weighing 50 kilos, which for more than 75 years remained unexploded in a pond inside the municipality of Salcedillo (Teruel).
The area saw heavy fighting during the Civil War, which raged from 1936 to 1939. The war pitted left-wing republicans against right-wing nationalists, led by General Francisco Franco. Franco then became Spain's dictator, a role that continued until his death in 1975.
Aragon Front  Belchite (old town).
Aragon Front, Belchite (old town).
The conflict still continues, in a way, while discussion of the atrocities committed by both sides during the conflict remains a taboo subject. According to the United Nations, Spain should scrap a 1977 amnesty law, which protects the alleged perpetrators of such atrocities from being prosecuted.
A bomb  left over from the Spanish civil war  was found stuck in a pine tree.
A bomb, left over from the Spanish civil war, was found stuck in a pine tree.
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Spanish sources:
La Iguana
The Local
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