Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Evacuated Across Russia After Wave of Bomb Threats

Evacuated Across Russia After Wave of Bomb Threats

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.

"This appears to be a case of telephone terrorism, but we have to check the credibility of these messages". Police dogs will be used to track down the bombs.

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

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The sites evacuated include the huge GUM shopping centre, next to Red Square, as well as three universities and three railway stations. "It's possible this could be preparatory work for a serious terrorist attack".

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.

Many were city halls, schools and other official buildings, according to local news reports.

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Russia has been hit with a series of hoax bomb warnings in recent days, with more than 45,000 people reportedly evacuated from locations in 22 Russian cities.

The Interior Ministry and Security Council declined to comment. Also, students and teaching stuff were evacuated from the Sechenov Medical University, MGIMO International Relations University and Plekhanov University of Economics.

The anonymous calls came from Internet dialling systems and couldn't easily be traced, official news agencies reported.

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

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