Russian cities targeted by mystery bomb threats

Following a series of "almost simultaneous" warnings that shopping centers, railway stations and university buildings in Moscow had been rigged with explosives, authorities ordered the evacuation of more than 10,000 people on Wednesday.
“Twenty sites are currently being evacuated, and more than 10,000 people have been escorted out, though the specific number is still being confirmed,” an emergency services source told news agency Tass.

“This appears to be a case of telephone terrorism, but we have to check the credibility of these messages,” said the source, who noted that the calls began at the same time, and continued after the evacuations had begun.
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Emergency services said that specialist units equipped with bomb-sniffing dogs were searching the locations, according to Russia Today. The source, or sources, of the threats have not yet been identified.
Among the affected areas include Moscow's largest railway stations, more than a dozen shopping centers, including GUM, located next to Red Square, and at least one university - though there have been unconfirmed reports of an evacuation at another school. Luckily for commuters, TASS reported that the police investigation had not interrupted service on the city's metro line.
Here's a live feed from Komosomolskaya Square, where things appear to have calmed down:

Video from the evacuation at one Moscow mall can be viewed below:

If the calls all turn out to be hoaxes, they would be the latest in a rash of bomb threats across Russia this past week. Security services told the RIA news agency that over 45,000 people were evacuated from public places in 22 Russian cities on Tuesday, adding that many of the calls appeared to have come from Ukraine.

Under Russian law, terrorist false alarms are punishable by up to five years in prison. According to authorities, multiple police investigations have been opened. However, the possibility that the hoaxers are using pre-recorded messages, automated dialing systems and digital means of concealing their true location could make identifying suspects difficult.
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