Major Moscow evacuation over bomb threats

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Neither the emergency services in Moscow nor the police could immediately confirm the incidents to AFP.

The anonymous calls came from Internet dialling systems and could not be easily traced, official news agencies reported.

"Apparently, this is nothing else but phone terrorism, but all these messages should be checked", the source said.

The threats began with an anonymous call to the Omsk mayor's office, which prompted the first of what proved to be several evacuations. "Police dogs will be used to track down the bombs", a source from an emergency service told Tass.

"The only goal is to set off destructive processes, to sow panic".

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Anonymous callers made bomb threats to 12 shopping centers, four universities, and three railway stations Wednesday, prompting authorities to evacuate more than 15,000 people from those areas, according to The Telegraph.

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".

At least five cities were targeted by bomb scares in the Russian Far East, Interfax reports. According to the threats, the bombs were placed in major airports, schools and government buildings across Moscow and other Russian cities.

The Russian capital's three largest train stations, three universities, and more than a dozen shopping centres have been evacuated as authorities investigate. Initial reports indicated the evacuations might have been some kind of exercise.

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