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WWII tunnel found in search for Nazi gold train

The gold rush fever in the hills of Lower Silesia, Poland, intensified Wednesday with confirmation that a tunnel has been found near the suspected site of a train carrying abandoned treasure.

The long-lost Nazi train, carrying what is believed to be billions of dollars in gold, has attracted a wave of treasure hunters and journalists to the area after two men claimed in mid-August that they knew of its whereabouts.

But now, the local Walbrzych District Council has said that it has received notification on the location of a "railway tunnel with a multi-level complex of underground corridors from the days of World War II." The statement tallies with a report in the local Gazeta Wroclawska newspaper Tuesday which claimed that a "great" tunnel had been found that could be longer than 2 kilometers.

The newspaper also said, citing sources, that the tunnel had been found by the same two treasure hunters that first started the hunt back in August, who had again been aided by a map drawn up in 1926.

Underground galleries, part of Nazi Germany 'Riese' construction project are pictured under the Ksiaz castle in the area where the 'Nazi gold train' is supposedly hidden underground, on August 28, 2015 in Walbrzych, Poland.
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Underground galleries, part of Nazi Germany 'Riese' construction project are pictured under the Ksiaz castle in the area where the 'Nazi gold train' is supposedly hidden underground, on August 28, 2015 in Walbrzych, Poland.

The local authority refused to confirm or deny when asked by CNBC whether the new find related to the Nazi gold train or whether it had uncovered any new treasures or information. However, a letter to CNBC said that the Wałbrzych District Head Jacek Cichura will be holding a press conference on Friday to discuss the "new trove, discovery which has been declared."

It's claimed that the Nazi gold train has a possible hoard of some 300 tons of gold, precious stones and Nazi firearms. Andreas Richter and Piotr Koper, the two treasure-hunters, have given up their anonymity and appeared on national TV in a bid to dispel critics that believe it's a hoax. They have even posted a radar image on their website that allegedly shows the train.

It's claimed that the Nazi gold train has a possible hoard of some 300 tons of gold, precious stones and Nazi firearms. Andreas Richter and Piotr Koper, the two treasure-hunters, have given up their anonymity and appeared on national TV in a bid to dispel critics that believe it's a hoax. They have even posted a radar image on their website that allegedly shows the train.

© 2015 XYZ Spółka Cywilna Piotr Koper & Andreas Richter | Logowanie

A number of trains are believed to have been used by the Nazis in the 1940s to transport goods stolen from people in eastern Europe back to Berlin. While some might have made it to the German capital, others are believed to have been left behind as Soviet troops advanced in 1945.

This particular mystery train is believed to be near Ksiaz castle, 77 kilometers southeast of the Polish town of Wroclaw, according to local media. The tunnel is reported to be near the village of Walim, 14 kilometers southeast of the castle, according to the reports.

The Polish military has urged caution in the search for the Nazi gold train, according to the Associated Press, and has said the area needs to be cleared of trees before a proper search can begin. This comes as the Gazeta Wroclawska reported Wednesday that a 39-year-old man had died after trying to enter a tomb in a cemetery in nearby Swiebodzice - claiming that he may have been enticed to the grave by the spate of gold-hunting in the area.