Eighty-seven bomb-shells, believed to be from the WW II period, have been found at the border town of Moreh during excavation work for construction of a power sub-station.

A senior police officer said that the bombs were dug out by labourers on Sunday at the Chanou locality of Moreh, bordering Myanmar, and is believed to be dating back to the WW II period when Japanese troops came to the country in 1944.

Further digging was immediately called off and state forces have been guarding the site since Sunday night.

The digging resumed Monday morning after bomb experts rushed from Imphal.

The recovered explosives were taken to Moreh police station for defusal, the officer said.

The ‘Battle of Imphal’ was a decisive victory for the allies (British India) against the Japanese forces in 1944.