Moscow hit by almost 100 bomb threat calls

Emergency Police cordon off a large shopping centre in Moscow after evacuation

After reports of various bomb threats, over 10,000 people were evacuated across the Moscow city in Russian Federation on Wednesday.

Three shopping malls in Moscow have been cleared by authorities, the Tass news agency reported.

An emergency services source told news agency Tass: "Evacuation has been conducted at 30 facilities, with a total of 20,000 people taken outside".

First was during Moscow theater hostage crisis which claimed the lives of 170 people.

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. A Reuters TV cameraman said he saw police with sniffer dogs checking the building.

The threats in Saratov region were made anonymously through internet voice calls, the Federal Security Service's (FSB) regional branch said Wednesday.

The sites evacuated included the capital's biggest railway stations, more than a dozen shopping centres and at least one university, RT reported.

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

Bomb threats were also issued for Moscow's three railway stations - Kazanskiy, Leningradskiy and Kievskiy. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's Spokesperson declined to comment on the affair, which some say was part of an anti-terrorist drill. Initial reports indicated the evacuations might have been some kind of exercise.



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