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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Old bomb discovered in security sweep of G8 site

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 18:  Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, answers questions from the media at a concluding press conference at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 18, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks.  (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 18: Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, answers questions from the media at a concluding press conference at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 18, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

An explosive device found near the G8 summit venue was a remnant of the Second World War, David Cameron revealed today.

It was discovered during a security sweep of Lough Erne days before world leaders arrived for the UK-hosted gathering in Northern Ireland.

And the relic - which has been defused - gave the Prime Minister an excuse to first shock and then tease some of the globe's most powerful politicians.

As the eight sat down for dinner last night he first informed them a bomb had been found - before quickly reassuring them it was not a terror threat, Downing Street revealed.

And with German Chancellor Angela Merkel among those sat around the table at a luxury golf resort on the waterside, he started a guessing game as to whose country was responsible.

Other guests included the leaders of Russia, Italy, Japan, France and Canada.

The finger of blame eventually settled not on Mrs Merkel's countrymen but those of US President Barack Obama.

The mortar was found to be American, probably fired from a practise range the US had nearby at that time.

"Now £G8UK is over I can reveal a bomb was found in Lough Erne," Mr Cameron said via his Twitter feed as the summit closed.

"It was American from WW2. Apparently they had a practise mortar range here!"

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