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Major Moscow evacuation over bomb threats

Major Moscow evacuation over bomb threats

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

He added: "The only goal is to set off destructive processes; to sow panic. It's possible this could be preparatory work for a serious terrorist attack".

All alerts have proved to be hoaxes and the authorities have urged the public to stay calm, the BBC said yesterday.

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. Three more Siberian cities evacuated shopping malls, government offices, schools and hospitals.

Tass reported that over 20,000 people had been affected by the evacuation in Moscow alone. Also, students and teaching stuff were evacuated from Moscow State University, the Sechenov Medical University, MGIMO International Relations University, Plekhanov State University of Economics, the Russian Justice Ministry's Law Academy and the campus of Moscow Economic Institute.

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

"Each call is being checked". Sniffer dogs were deployed to the sites of the threats. Social media accounts show bemused crowds milling passively outside evacuated buildings, and there have been no reports of disturbances of public order. Wednesday, Klintsevich and other officials said the source could have been Ukraine.

"There is reason to assume this was all organised overseas", an official in Chelyabinsk, a city in south- west Russian Federation, told Interfax news agency.


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