20000 evacuated across Moscow over bomb threats

Dozens of people could be seen leaving public buildings following a series of threats
Dozens of people could be seen leaving public buildings following a series of threats
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14 September, 2017

Most searches in Moscow's buildings targeted by bomb alerts have proved the calls were hoaxes, a source with the capital's emergencies services told TASS on Wednesday.

"It seems like telephone terrorism and nothing else, but all the calls should be checked up", he continued.

According to reports, those responsible for the threats were still not located.

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Since September 11 dozens of schools, universities, malls, railway stations, airports and government offices have been evacuated and inspected by law enforcement in big cities all over Russian Federation - from Kaliningrad in the West to Vladivostok in the Far East.

The sites evacuated include the huge GUM shopping centre, next to Red Square, as well as three universities and three railway stations. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov referred questions on the issue to the security services. Social media accounts show bemused crowds milling passively outside evacuated buildings, and there have been no reports of disturbances of public order. Three shopping malls in Moscow also were cleared after calls reporting bombs, Tass reported. RIA said a total of 190 buildings in 17 cities were affected.

"All messages are being checked, emergency and operational services are working, all premises will be examined by sniffer dogs", the official said. "Police dogs will be used to track down the bombs", the official said.Police said that most calls had come almost simultaneously and were still coming in."It seems like telephone terrorism and nothing else, but all the calls should be checked up", TASS quoted an official saying.


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