10000 evacuated from Moscow city centre after 'bomb threats'

10000 evacuated from Moscow city centre after 'bomb threats'

Russian Federation has this week experienced a wave of hoax bomb threats.

On Wednesday, 15,000 people were evacuated from various facilities across Moscow, after bomb threat calls were made to twelve shopping centres, three railway stations and at least four universities.

Cops in Moscow reportedly received an anonymous call about an explosion in Red Square, according to news agency Interfax.

As per reports, evacuation of people were carried out at 20 sites in the city.

An emergency services source told Tass that more than 10,000 had been evacuated on Wednesday, although the exact number was still being confirmed. Three shopping malls in Moscow also were cleared after calls reporting bombs, Tass reported.

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The security services noted that all the threats were issued nearly simultaneously, adding that phone calls about bombs continue to come.

"The only goal is to set off destructive processes, to sow panic". Emergency services are working. According to the threats, the bombs were placed in major airports, schools and government buildings across Moscow and other Russian cities.

Police said that phonecall threats were still coming in.

Frants Klintsevich, deputy head of the Defense Committee in the upper house of parliament, said: "There's never been anything like this before, it's 100 percent organized telephone terrorism".

The Interior Ministry and Security Council declined to comment.