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Three WWII high-explosive rounds defused

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team worked through the night to defuse the war relics, found near the KK Women's and Children's Hospital, the Singapore Army said on Sunday.

SINGAPORE: Three World War II relics were found near the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital on Saturday (Aug 2), the Singapore Army said on its Facebook page on Sunday.

The identical rounds were assessed to be 25-pounder shells, each weighing about 11.5kg. The 25-pounder guns are able to fire rounds at high angles as well as in direct-fire mode against tanks and bunkers, and were introduced into service by the British Army just before World War II, the post said.

It added that the Singapore Armed Forces still uses the 25-pounder guns but only for ceremonial purposes – such as the National Day Parade – and without the projectile.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team worked through the night to defuse the rounds at a safe location on early Sunday morning, the Army said.