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Hiroshima: Japan marks 70 years since atomic bomb hit

Services have been held in Hiroshima to mark 70 years since an atomic bomb destroyed the city.

An estimated 140,000 people died after US bomber Enola Gay dropped the world's first atomic bomb on August 6th 1945.

Japan surrendered soon after - bringing an end to the Second World War.

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Mayor of Hiroshima: Abolish nukes for world peace

Children perform a die-in in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima Credit: Reuters

Seventy years after the first atomic bomb lay waste to the Japanese city, the Mayor of Hiroshima has urged the world that to abolish nuclear weapons and demanded the creation of security systems that do not rely on military might.

Speaking at the official commemorations at Little Boy's ground zero in theheart of the city, Mayor Kazumi Matsui said:

As long as there are nuclear weapons, anyone can become a hibakusha (Japanese term for a-bomb victim).

People of the world, please listen to the voices of the victims and face this issue of nuclear proliferation as your own.

– Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima

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