Buildings evacuated in Moscow after bomb threats: RIA

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2017

A total of 20 sites were evaucated across central Moscow on Wednesday afternoon (September 13), according to the Daily Mail.

According to the official, people were evacuated across almost ten different large shopping malls, including GUM, which is located near Red Square. Also, students and teaching stuff were evacuated from the Sechenov Medical University, MGIMO International Relations University and Plekhanov University of Economics.

More than 45,000 people have been evacuated from airports, schools and government buildings across Russian Federation over the last two days amid a wave of fake bomb threats that officials called unprecedented.

"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.

Emergency services said that specialist units and officers with sniffer dogs were examining the buildings.

More threats and evacuations were reported today, in cities ranging from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the Far East, across Siberia, to Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea. "It's possible this could be preparatory work for a serious terrorist attack".

Tass news agency said security personnel were evacuating civilians from at least 20 sites. "Kursky and Yaroslavsky train stations are still being searched".

Cops in Moscow reportedly received an anonymous call about an explosion in Red Square, according to news agency Interfax. Three more Siberian cities evacuated shopping malls, government offices, schools and hospitals.

RIA cited its source as saying that numerous hoax calls may have been made from Ukraine.

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