Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Over 15000 people evacuated as bomb threats sweep Moscow

Over 15000 people evacuated as bomb threats sweep Moscow

"People were evacuated at 30 sites, in total more than 20,000 people were taken outside, this number is still being specified", an emergency services official told Russian news agency TASS. 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.

Over 45,000 people have been evacuated from more than 200 facilities in 29 Russian cities after a wave of anonymous bomb threat calls over the past three days, amid speculation of either foreign interference or a domestic anti-terror drill.

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"It is 100 per cent organised telephone terrorism", Mr Frants Klintsevich, deputy head of the Defence Committee in Russia's Upper House of Parliament, said in a phone interview.

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Olga Shterk, a spokeswoman for the Chelyabinsk regional police, said that Russia's Federal Security Service was investigating the incidents as a "spam attack", according to Radio Free Europe.

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

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Police said that phonecall threats were still coming in. Initial reports indicated the evacuations might have been some kind of exercise. But Mr Klintsevich and other officials said yesterday that the source could have been in Ukraine.

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