Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

10000 evacuated from Moscow city centre after 'bomb threats'

10000 evacuated from Moscow city centre after 'bomb threats'

More than 20,000 people were evacuated across Moscow Wednesday after several bomb threats were reported in various locations.

Russian authorities evacuated people from dozens of buildings in Moscow on Wednesday after a flurry of anonymous phone calls asserting the locations had been mined, RIA news agency reported. "Sniffer dogs and bomb disposal experts are conducting searches at the facilities", he said.

The sites evacuated include the huge GUM shopping centre, next to Red Square, as well as three universities and three railway stations.

"The only goal is to set off destructive processes, to sow panic". Three shopping malls in Moscow also were cleared after calls reporting bombs, Tass reported.

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As per reports, evacuation of people were carried out at 20 sites in the city.

"This appears to be a case of telephone terrorism, but we have to check the credibility of these messages", an emergency service source told Tass news agency, noting that the calls began at the same time, and continued after the evacuations had begun. According to the threats, the bombs were placed in major airports, schools and government buildings across Moscow and other Russian cities.

The spate of threats came after two days of similar calls caused disruptions in cities across Russian Federation, with the state-run RIA Novosti news service reporting some 45,000 people were evacuated nationwide.

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