Thou­sands evac­u­ated as bomb threats sweep Rus­sia

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - WORLD NEWS -

MOSCOW — Dozens of landmark build­ings and trans­port hubs in Rus­sia were evac­u­ated Wed­nes­day be­cause of fake bomb threats made by un­known tele­phone call­ers.

Cit­ing se­cu­rity ser­vice of­fi­cials, Rus­sian me­dia said up to 30,000 peo­ple were or­dered to leave ma­jor build­ings in Moscow and re­ported that about 45,000 peo­ple in dozens of cities across Rus­sia had been af­fected on Mon­day and Tues­day.

The hoax­ers’ tar­gets have in­cluded GUM, the flag­ship de­part­ment store on Red Square that faces the Krem­lin, as well as rail­way sta­tions, air­ports, shop­ping cen­tres, uni­ver­si­ties, hos­pi­tals and ho­tels.

The iden­tity of those mak­ing the calls re­mains a mys­tery and Rus­sian of­fi­cials have not of­fered any ex­pla­na­tion for the threats.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, de­clined to com­ment when asked about the anony­mous phone calls.

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