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Moscow: 12 shopping centers evacuated

Anonymous phone calls have announced bombs

About 4500 people were evacuated this morning from 12 large shopping centers in Moscow after a series of anonymous phone calls announced the presence of bombs. According to the local press, there are those of Gorod, Gorbushkin Dvor, Viva, Atrium, Zvezdochka, Tsvetnoy, Electronics on Presnya, Zvezda, Kapitoly, Gagarinsky, Megapolis and "Buono". Voices also talked about the evacuation of a railway station, news not confirmed by the Russian railways.

At the time of writing, the buildings were isolated and the premises were subject to strict control by the police authorities even with the aid of anti-explosive dogs. All the calls were made from abroad, sources of emergency services report "It's clear where the calls come from".

Only yesterday, "Ria Novosti" reported that about 300 students had been evacuated from a school north of Moscow again following a threat announced by an anonymous phone call. According to the Russian agency the last wave of "telephone terrorism" in the country dates back to Autumn last year, when 350 thousand people were evacuated from thousands of shopping centers, railway stations and other structures. In no case was the threat of detonating explosives been implemented.

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