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14 September 2017, 01:06 | Colleen Roy
All out More than 10,000 people were escorted out of public buildings on Wednesday
More than 45,000 people have been evacuated from airports, schools and government buildings across Russian Federation over the last two days amid a wave of fake bomb threats that officials called unprecedented.
All alerts have proved to be hoaxes and the authorities have urged the public to stay calm, the BBC said yesterday.
"This appears to be a case of telephone terrorism, but we have to check the credibility of these messages", an emergency service source told Tass news agency, noting that the calls began at the same time, and continued after the evacuations had begun.
Interfax news agency cited a source as saying that over 15,000 people around the sprawling city were evacuated.
He added: "Each call is being checked".
The Interior Ministry and Security Council declined to comment. Three shopping malls in Moscow also were cleared after calls reporting bombs, Tass reported.
The Russian capital's three largest train stations, three universities, and more than a dozen shopping centres have been evacuated as authorities investigate.
"Each call is being checked".
Anonymous callers are reported to be making calls over the internet to emergency services, and usually naming several facilities with supposed explosive devices inside. Police dogs will be used to track down the bombs.
According to reports, those responsible for the threats were still not located.
Major Russian cities have been targeted in previous bomb attacks, most recently in April, when a Russian citizen from the former Soviet state Kyrgyzstan detonated a bomb inside a St Petersburg metro train.
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