Most Moscow's buildings proved to be clear after bomb alerts

14 September, 2017, 01:04 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Bomb threat Some 20 sites are being cleared across the Russian capital including universities shopping centres and train stations

More than 20,000 people were evacuated from over 30 shopping centers, railway stations and universities in Moscow, following "almost simultaneous" warnings that they had been rigged with explosives.

By Tuesday, the anonymous threats were reported in Perm, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and other cities, forcing the evacuation of an estimated 45,000 people.

The official Tass news agency, citing an unnamed security-service source, said more than 50,000 people had been evacuated in the capital after about 100 threats.

Terrorists have earlier rocked Moscow on two occasions. A Reuters TV cameraman said he saw police with sniffer dogs checking the building.

He added: "Each call is being checked".

"It seems like telephone terrorism and nothing else, but all the calls should be checked up", he continued. Three more Siberian cities evacuated shopping malls, government offices, schools and hospitals.

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Over the past several days, thousands of Russian citizens have been evacuated following a wave of anonymous bomb threats that turned out to be false.

The Interior Ministry and Security Council declined to comment.

State TV channels did not appear keen on covering the threats, despite pro-Kremlin newspapers pointing to a "major hacking attack", possibly from Ukraine, the BBC reported yesterday.

Bomb threats were also issued for Moscow's three railway stations - Kazanskiy, Leningradskiy and Kievskiy.

Russian Federation has been hit by militant attacks, including a bombing on the St Petersburg metro in April in which 16 people died.

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