At least 10,000 people have been evacuated from shopping centres, railway stations and universities in Moscow over a string of bomb threats, according to local reports.
A total of 20 sites were evaucated across central Moscow on Wednesday afternoon (September 13), according to the Daily Mail. Sniffer dogs were deployed to the sites of the threats.
The sites evacuated include the huge GUM shopping centre, next to Red Square, as well as three universities and three railway stations.
The First Moscow State Medical University and Moscow State Institute of International Relations were also placed in lockdown as the authorities went into operation.
One source suggested the threats came in "almost simultaneously" and, if they had been carried out, they could have caused a "9-11 style atrocity."
An emergency services source told RT "This appears to be a case of telephone terrorism, but we have to check the credibility of these messages."
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