World War I shell kills two after exploding in Belgian town of Ypres

Two workers were killed Wednesday by the explosion of a World War I shell near the Belgian town of Ypres, site of some of the bloodiest battles in the conflict, officials said.

Two other men were hurt, one left fighting for his life, after they disturbed the shell as they worked near the Ypres canal, reports said, citing local officials.

The Western Front trenches ran just outside Ypres, a small medieval town completely destroyed in the war that was fought from 1914 to 1918.

Hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers died in the vicinity and weapons, shells and human remains are regularly found by farmers as they plough their fields or by workers digging down into the ground.