MORE than 45,000 people have been evacuated from shopping centres, train stations and schools in Russian Federation after a series of “almost simultaneous” bomb threats.
Footage shows hundreds of people gathering outside busy shopping centres, government buildings and cinemas in a number of Russian cities including Moscow.
In Siberia, an airport in Abakan was among 19 buildings to receive anonymous bomb threats.
Cops in Moscow reportedly received an anonymous call about an explosion in Red Square, according to news agency Interfax.
Largely, bomb threat calls were about Moscow’s major shopping malls and three train stations – Leningradsky, Kazansky and Kievsky. Over the next two days, anonymous threats were issued in Chelyabinsk, Ufa, Stavropol, Kopeisk, Perm, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and other cities.
People were evacuated from shopping centers, train stations and a university in Moscow.
Security services told the RIA news agency that over 45,000 people were evacuated from public places in 22 Russian cities on Tuesday, adding that numerous calls appeared to have come from Ukraine.
An emergency services source told RT “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”, the official said.
An emergency services source told Tass news agency: “Twenty sites are now being evacuated, and more than 10,000 people have been escorted out, though the specific number is still being confirmed”.