Bomb Threats Prompt Evacuation of 20,000 People in Moscow

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Security official denies entry to people after evacuation in one of the stores in downtown Moscow. Photo: Reuters

Russian security officials evacuated nearly 20,000 from facilities across Moscow after a series of bomb threats, TASS news agency reported on Wednesday.

“Evacuation has been conducted at 30 facilities with a total of 20,000 people taken outside. The figure is still being verified,” an official told TASS.

People were evacuated from shopping centers, train stations and two universities in the city. One official said the bomb threats were “telephone terrorism” and the calls continued after the evacuations.

The Leningrad, Kiev and Kazan train stations, Moscow State Medical University, MGIMO International Relations University, and the GUM shopping center were among the buildings evacuated.

Interfax news agency reported that no explosives had yet been found, but authorities were still investigating.